American Tradition in Literature

American Tradition in Literature
Author: George Perkins,E. Scully Bradley,Floyd W. Beaty,Phillip Leininger,E. Hudson Long
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 4000
Release: 1985-01-01
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0075546620

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Inventing American Tradition

Inventing American Tradition
Author: Jack David Eller
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-09-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781789140354

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What really happened on the first Thanksgiving? How did a British drinking song become the US national anthem? And what makes Superman so darned American? Every tradition, even the noblest and most cherished, has a history, none more so than in the United States—a nation born with relative indifference, if not hostility, to the past. Most Americans would be surprised to learn just how recent (and controversial) the origins of their traditions are, as well as how those origins are often related to such divisive forces as the trauma of the Civil War or fears for American identity stemming from immigration and socialism. In pithy, entertaining chapters, Inventing American Tradition explores a set of beloved traditions spanning political symbols, holidays, lifestyles, and fictional characters—everything from the anthem to the American flag, blue jeans, and Mickey Mouse. Shedding light on the individuals who created these traditions and their motivations for promoting them, Jack David Eller reveals the murky, conflicted, confused, and contradictory history of emblems and institutions we very often take to be the bedrock of America. What emerges from this sideways take on our most celebrated Americanisms is the realization that all traditions are invented by particular people at particular times for particular reasons, and that the process of “traditioning” is forever ongoing—especially in the land of the free.

Contemporary American Literature

Contemporary American Literature
Author: Barbara Perkins,George Perkins
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Total Pages: 1088
Release: 1987-12
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 0075549549

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For the first time, a full-scale anthology of the contemporary period in American literature is available for your classes. Chronologically organized, with authoritative introductions and bibliographies for each of the 91 writers represented, this volume affords an in-depth study of the best fiction, poetry, and drama produced since World War II.

The American Tradition in Literature

The American Tradition in Literature
Author: George B. Perkins,George Perkins
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Total Pages: 2077
Release: 1990
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0070493421

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The American Tradition in Literature

The American Tradition in Literature
Author: Barbara Perkins
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill College
Total Pages: 2068
Release: 1994
Genre: Education
ISBN: PSU:000045657023

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A collection of short stories and poems that traces the emergence of American literature from the early 19th to late 20th century.

Contemporary American Indian Literatures the Oral Tradition

Contemporary American Indian Literatures   the Oral Tradition
Author: Susan Berry Brill de Ram’rez
Publsiher: University of Arizona Press
Total Pages: 259
Release: 1999-07
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0816519579

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A literary study of Native American literature analyzes its sources in oral tradition, offering a theory of "conversive" critical theory as a way of understanding Indian literature's themes and concerns.

The Origins of African American Literature 1680 1865

The Origins of African American Literature  1680 1865
Author: Dickson D. Bruce,Dickson D. Bruce, Jr.
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0813920671

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From the earliest texts of the colonial period to works contemporary with Emancipation, African American literature has been a dialogue across color lines, and a medium through which black writers have been able to exert considerable authority on both sides of that racial demarcation. Dickson D. Bruce argues that contrary to prevailing perceptions of African American voices as silenced and excluded from American history, those voices were loud and clear. Within the context of the wider culture, these writers offered powerful, widely read, and widely appreciated commentaries on American ideals and ambitions. The Origins of African American Literature provides strong evidence to demonstrate just how much writers engaged in a surprising number of dialogues with society as a whole. Along with an extensive discussion of major authors and texts, including Phillis Wheatley's poetry, Frederick Douglass's Narrative, Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Martin Delany's Blake, Bruce explores less-prominent works and writers as well, thereby grounding African American writing in its changing historical settings. The Origins of African American Literature is an invaluable revelation of the emergence and sources of the specifically African American literary tradition and the forces that helped shape it.

Twenty Five Years of Dissent

Twenty Five Years of Dissent
Author: Irving Howe
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2021-09-06
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781000424478

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This book, first published in 1979, is a representative sample of some of the best articles that have appeared in DISSENT, the American democratic socialist quarterly. They provide a two-sided view of political and social action with the democratic society of the USA.

Liberating Voices

Liberating Voices
Author: Gayl Jones
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 1991
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0674530241

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The powerful novelist here turns penetrating critic, giving usâe"in lively styleâe"both trenchant literary analysis and fresh insight on the art of writing. âeoeWhen African American writers began to trust the literary possibilities of their own verbal and musical creations,âe writes Gayl Jones, they began to transform the European and European American models, and to gain greater artistic sovereignty.âe The vitality of African American literature derives from its incorporation of traditional oral forms: folktales, riddles, idiom, jazz rhythms, spirituals, and blues. Jones traces the development of this literature as African American writers, celebrating their oral heritage, developed distinctive literary forms. The twentieth century saw a new confidence and deliberateness in African American work: the move from surface use of dialect to articulation of a genuine black voice; the move from blacks portrayed for a white audience to characterization relieved of the need to justify. Innovative writingâe"such as Charles Waddell Chesnuttâe(tm)s depiction of black folk culture, Langston Hughesâe(tm)s poetic use of blues, and Amiri Barakaâe(tm)s recreation of the short story as a jazz pieceâe"redefined Western literary tradition. For Jones, literary technique is never far removed from its social and political implications. She documents how literary form is inherently and intensely national, and shows how the European monopoly on acceptable forms for literary art stifled American writers both black and white. Jones is especially eloquent in describing the dilemma of the African American writers: to write from their roots yet retain a universal voice; to merge the power and fluidity of oral tradition with the structure needed for written presentation. With this work Gayl Jones has added a new dimension to African American literary history.

Clambake

Clambake
Author: Kathy Neustadt
Publsiher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
Total Pages: 227
Release: 1992
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0870237993

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An appreciative examination of the New England clambake, Neustadt divides her study into three parts: historical (social, economic, political, regional, and cultural) influences on the clambake; a close focus on the Allen's Neck clambake as a cultural phenomena in its own right; and a critical examination of the central elements of the clambaking tradition--food, ritual, and festival. The author views the clambake as a unique American folk tradition with interesting connections and rich resonances with other aspects of American culture and history.

Under the Hammer

Under the Hammer
Author: James Simpson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2010-11-30
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780199591657

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Iconoclasm is not a barbaric act which takes place somewhere else but is instead a central strand of Anglo-American modernity. Our horror at the destruction of art derives in part from the fact that we did, and still do, that. This is most obviously true of England's iconoclastic century between 1538 and 1643, which stands at the core of this book.

Muckraking and Progressivism in the American Tradition

Muckraking and Progressivism in the American Tradition
Author: Louis Filler
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2018-04-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781351308908

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Muckraking and progressivism have always marched arm-in-arm, cutting a wide path through modern American history. Originally published as Appointment at Armageddon, Filler's book is a vital contribution in understanding the intrinsic dynamic of reform in American life. It extracts from the issues that fostered progressivism and muckraking an essence that illuminates contemporary debate. Filler points out that early twentieth-century progressivism was essentially middle class, seeking common denominators for social interests. It was also a modernizing force in such areas as child labor, poverty, farm problems, and race relations. In his new introduction, Filler reviews various instances of progressivism throughout history. Filler maintains that progressivism died out when pride in its achievements turned to bitterness. Rather than celebrating the progress made by outstanding Americans, such as W.E.B. DuBois and Susan B. Anthony, various groups began focusing only on the oppressed and the oppressors. By concentrating on the negative instead of the positive, Americans abandoned the forward-looking tenets of turn of the century progressivism. Muckraking and Progressivism in the American Tradition is a timely book. It is needed to inspire Americans to find a new way to solve current dilemmas. This significant work will be of interest to sociologists, historians, and political theorists.

African American Literature and the Classicist Tradition

African American Literature and the Classicist Tradition
Author: T. Walters
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2007-10-29
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780230608870

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This is a groundbreaking study exploring the significant relationship between western classical mythology and African American women's literature. A comparative analysis of classical revisions by eighteenth and nineteenth century Black women writers Phillis Wheatley and Pauline Hopkins and twentieth century writers Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Rita Dove reveals that Black women writers revise specific classical myths for artistic and political agency. The study demonstrates that women rework myth to represent mythical stories from the Black female perspective and to counteract denigrating contemporary cultural and social myths that disempower and devalue Black womanhood. Through their adaptations of classical myths about motherhood, Wheatley, Ray, Brooks, Morrison, and Dove uncover the shared experiences of mythic mothers and their contemporary African American counterparts thus offering a unique Black feminist perspective to classicism. The women also use myth as a liberating space where they can 'speak the unspeakable' and empower their subjects as well as themselves.

The Anglo American Tradition of Liberty

The Anglo American Tradition of Liberty
Author: João Carlos Espada
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2016-06-03
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9781317045045

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Joao Carlos Espada's provocative survey of a group of key Anglo-American and European political thinkers argues that there is a distinctive, Anglo-American tradition of liberty that is one of the core pillars of the Free World. Giving a broad overview of the tradition through summaries of the careers and ideas of fourteen of its key thinkers, neglected despite having been tremendously influential in the tradition of liberty, the author engages with current set ideas about the meaning of 'liberal' and 'conservative' to offer an engaging, intellectual case for liberal democracy.

Folk Nation

Folk Nation
Author: Simon J. Bronner
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2002-08-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780742580237

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This lively reader traces the search for American tradition and national identity through folklore and folklife from the 19th century to the present. Through an engaging set of essays, Folk Nation shows how American thinkers and leaders have used folklore to express the meaning of their country. Simon Bronner has carefully selected statements by public intellectuals and popular writers as well as by scholars, all chosen for their readability and significance as provocative texts during their time. The common thread running throughout is the value of folklore in expressing or denying an American national tradition. This text raises timely issues about the character of American culture and the direction of American society. The essays show the development of views of American nationalism, multiculturalism, and commercialism. Provocative topics include debates over the relationship between popular culture and folk culture, the uniqueness of an American literature and arts based on folk sources, the fabrication of folk heroes such as Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan as propaganda for patriotism and nationalism, the romanticizations of vernacular culture by popularizers such as Walt Disney and Ben Botkin, the use of folklore for ethnocentric purposes, and the political deployment of folklore by conservatives as emblems of 'traditional values' and civil virtues and by liberals as emblems of multiculturalism and tolerance of alternative lifestyles. The book also traces the controversy over who conveyed the myth of 'America.' Was it the nation's poets and artists, its academics, its politicians and leaders, its communities and local educational institutions, its theme parks and festivals, its movie moguls and entertainers? Folk Nation shows how the process of defining the American mystique through folklore was at the core of debates among writers and thinkers about the value of Davey Crockett, John Henry, quilts, cowboys, and immigrants as symbols of America.