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Ethnic Modernism by Werner Sollors
Book DescriptionIn the first half of the twentieth century, the United States moved from the periphery to the center of global cultural production. At the same time, technologies of dissemination evolved rapidly, and versions of modernism emerged as dominant art forms. How did African American, European immigrant, and other minority writers take part in these developments that also transformed the United States, giving it an increasingly multicultural self-awareness? This book attempts to address this question in a series of innovative and engaging close readings of major texts by Gertrude Stein, Mary Antin, Jean Toomer, O. E. Rolvaag, Nathan Asch, Henry Roth, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Pietro di Donato, Jerre Mangione, John Hersey, and Leo Szilard, as well as briefer examinations of many other authors and works, against the background of international political developments, the rise of modernism in the visual arts, and the ascendancy of Ernest Hemingway as a model for prose writers.In many of Werner Sollors' sensitive readings, single sentences and paragraphs serve as the representative formal units of prose works, while throughout Ethnic Modernism the trolley (now a cute-seeming object of nostalgia) emerges with surprising frequency as a central thematic emblem of modernity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674030916
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Werner Sollors
Temptation of Despair, Hardback (April 2014)
In Germany the end of World War II calls forth images of obliterated cities, hungry refugees, and ghostly monuments to Nazi crimes. Drawing on diaries, photographs, essays, reports, fiction and film, Werner Sollors makes visceral the sorrow and anger, guilt and pride, despondency and resilience of a defeated people--and the paradoxes of occupation.
Marrow of Tradition, Paperback (July 2012)
The Norton Critical Edition of this hugely influential novel gives readers the fullest possible sense of its historical background and critical assessment.
New Literary History of America, Paperback (May 2012)» View all books by Werner Sollors
America is a nation making itself up as it goes along. From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, this book gives us a fresh, kaleidoscopic view of what Made in America means.
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Author Biography - Werner Sollors
Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University. His many books include Neither Black nor White yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature (Harvard).
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