Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Two contradictory, or apparently contradictory, pairs of terms - depression and abundance, and literature and mass culture - make up the framework of this study in 1930s culture. Rita Barnard suggests that despite the painful national experience of scarcity and poverty, one can detect in the culture of the American thirties the now familiar outlines of an image-mediated, consumer society. She argues that the hierarchical opposition between 'high art' and 'mass culture' was powerfully contested in cultural productions of the depression era: as book clubs, radio, popular exhibitions, star conductors such as Toscanini and many other vehicles brought high culture to millions of people. In the meantime, writers with 'serious' literary interests borrowed from the discourse of the media in their writing. The central figures of this study emerge as pre-eminent - and in some sense prophetic - figures: their poetry and prose illuminate emergent cultural forces that have since attained new stature in our post-modern world. Despite their sharp and often prescient social critique, they are not to be mistaken for elitists, they recognised at once the deceit and the promise of our emergent culture of abundance.

Buy The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance book by Rita Barnard from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521450348
ISBN-10: 0521450349
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance book by Rita Barnard and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Books By Author Rita Barnard

Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela by Rita Barnard

The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela

Hardback, January 2014
Apartheid and Beyond by Rita Barnard

Apartheid and Beyond

Paperback, September 2012
Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance by Rita Barnard

The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance

Paperback, January 2009