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Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature: The Country Poor in the Great Depression - Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature (Hardback)
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Nature, Class, and New Deal Literature: The Country Poor in the Great Depression - Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 03/10/2011
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Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation's cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression still lives on in iconic images of country poor whites - in the novels of John Steinbeck, the photographs of Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein, the documentary films of Pare Lorenz and the thousands of share-croppers' life histories as taken down by the workers of the Federal Writers' Project.

Like the politicians and bureaucrats who accomplished the New Deal's radical reforms in banking, social security and labor union law, the artists, novelists and other writers who supported or even worked for the New Deal were idealists, well to the left of center in their politics. Yet when it came to hard times on the American farm, something turned them into unwitting reactionaries. Though they brought these broken lives of the country poor to the notice and sympathy of the public, they also worked unconsciously to undermine their condition.

How and why? Fender shows how the answer lies in clues overlooked until now, hidden in their writing -- their journalism and novels, the "life histories" they ghost wrote for their poor white clients, the bureaucratic communications through which they administered these cultural programs, even in the documentary photographs and movies, with their insistent captions and voice-overs. This book is a study of literary examples from in and around the country Depression, and the myths on which they drew.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415896788
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

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