The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century

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Verso, 1996 - 556 sivua
""The cultural front," James T. Farrell once wrote, was made up of "commercial writers, high-priced Hollywood scenarists, a motley assortment of mystery-plot mechanics, humorists, newspaper columnists, stripteasers, band leaders, glamour girls, actors, press agents, Broadway producers, aging wives with thwarted literary ambitions, and other such ornaments of American culture." The cultural front, that extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America, was born in the Great Depression as communists sought to organize cultural workers against Fascism and crisis-ridden capitalism. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, the cultural front grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US during the 1930s and beyond. Thoroughly infused with a radically popular and oppositional mentality, the cultural front informed one of the most culturally exciting and rich periods in American history -- a veritable "Second American Renaissance," in the words of Michael Denning. In The Cultural Front, Denning lifts the lid on a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture -- a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic popular culture. From Disney animators to proletarian novelists, and encompassing the likes of Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C.L.R James and Billie Holiday, Denning charts a scene which not only fused art and popular protest but also left a deep imprint on American cufture and society today."--Pub. desc.
 

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Sisältö

Waiting for Lefty
3
ANATOMY OF THE CULTURAL FRONT
51
Aesthetic Ideologies
115
FORMATIONS OF THE CULTURAL FRONT
161
Rethinking Proletarian Literature
200
Ghetto Pastorals
230
The Art and Science of Migratin
259
The Popular Front Musical Theater
283
Theater
319
Orson Welless Allegories
362
Whos Afraid of Big Bad Walt? Disneys Radical Cartoonists
403
American Culture and Socialist Theory
423
The Old Left Eleven Outlined Epitaphs
463
Notes
473
Index
545
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Michael Denning teaches American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Mechanic Accents, Cover Stories, Culture in the Age of Three Worlds, and The Cultural Front.

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