The Modernist Nation examines why America's modern literary movements have come to be characterized as "generations" and "renaissances," such as the Lost Generation and the Beat Generation or the Harlem, Southern, and San Francisco Renaissances. The metaphor of rebirth, Michael Soto argues, offered and continues to offer American writers a kind of shorthand for imagining American cultural history, especially as a departure from Old World (English) trappings.
Soto highlights the interracial dynamics of American literary movements, touching on authors as varied as James Weldon Johnson, Malcolm Cowley, W. E. B. DuBois, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jack Kerouac. After assessing the origins of the Lost Generation and the Harlem Renaissance, Soto traces the rise of the "bohemian artist" narrative, and demonstrates how a polyethnic cast of writers and critics constructed American literary production in terms of symbolic rebirth.
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Michael Soto is Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of African American Studies at Trinity University.Review:
"An engaging and thought-provoking study that puts its finger on a significant phenomenon—the intertwined influence of generational and 'renaissance' rhetoric on the shape of American modernism as well as the scholarship about it."—George Hutchinson, author of The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White
"This is an impressive. . . . and significant contribution to the study of American literary modernism."—C. Barry Chabot, author of Writers for the Nation: American Literary Modernism
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Descrizione libro University Alabama Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0817313923
Descrizione libro University Alabama Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0817313923