Facing the abyss

Facing the abyss American literature and culture in the 1940s

eBook (01 Jan 2018)

Not available for sale

Instant Download - PDF (with DRM), EPub

- Read on your eReader, tablet, mobile, MAC or desktop PC.
- Currently not compatible with Amazon Kindle.
- PDF's require Adobe Digital Editions.

Synopsis

"Mythologized as the era of the "good war" and the "Greatest Generation," the 1940s are frequently understood as a more heroic, uncomplicated time in American history. Yet just below the surface, a sense of dread, alienation, and the haunting specter of radical evil permeated American art and literature. Writers returned home from World War II and gave form to their disorienting experiences of violence and cruelty. They probed the darkness that the war opened up and confronted bigotry, existential guilt, ecological concerns, and fear about the nature and survival of the human race. In Facing the Abyss, George Hutchinson offers readings of individual works and the larger intellectual and cultural scene to reveal the 1940s as a period of profound and influential accomplishment. Facing the Abyss examines the relation of aesthetics to politics, the idea of universalism, and the connections among authors across racial, ethnic, and gender div

Book information

ISBN: 9780231545969
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 810.90052
DEWEY edition: 23
Weight: -1g