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American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Wald, Alan M.

Editore: The University of North Carolina Press 1/1/2012, 2012
ISBN 10: 0807835862 / ISBN 13: 9780807835869
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Titolo: American Night: The Literary Left in the Era...

Casa editrice: The University of North Carolina Press 1/1/2012

Data di pubblicazione: 2012

Legatura: Hardcover

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Riassunto: American Night, the final volume of an unprecedented trilogy, brings Alan Wald's multigenerational history of Communist writers to a poignant climax. Using new research to explore the intimate lives of novelists, poets, and critics during the Cold War, Wald reveals a radical community longing for the rebirth of the social vision of the 1930s and struggling with a loss of moral certainty as the Communist worldview was being called into question. The resulting literature, Wald shows, is a haunting record of fracture and struggle linked by common structures of feeling, ones more suggestive of the "negative dialectics" of Theodor Adorno than the traditional social realism of the Left.
Establishing new points of contact among Kenneth Fearing, Ann Petry, Alexander Saxton, Richard Wright, Jo Sinclair, Thomas McGrath, and Carlos Bulosan, Wald argues that these writers were in dialogue with psychoanalysis, existentialism, and postwar modernism, often generating moods of piercing emotional acuity and cosmic dissent. He also recounts the contributions of lesser known cultural workers, with a unique accent on gays and lesbians, secular Jews, and people of color. The vexing ambiguities of an era Wald labels "late antifascism" serve to frame an impressive collective biography.

Descrizione del libro: "The work of a scholar at the height of his powers. With intensive archival research, oral histories, and extensive reading in primary sources and theoretical approaches, Wald unveils the hidden history of Left culture in the United States."--Paula Rabinowitz, University of Minnesota

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