By Tom Quirk
This A-Z, cross-referenced and illustrated identify offers a different evaluate of the interval following the Civil warfare in the course of the emergence of the USA as an international strength on the finish of global struggle I. The set good points greater than 250 survey entries. matters contain: political subject matters (Reform, Women's Suffrage); rules in context (Scientific Materialism, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, struggle Writing); renowned leisure (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction ("Billy Budd," "The thought of the relaxation Class"); and lots more and plenty extra. The research of a variety of classics in American literature, seen as cultural and ancient records, cultivates severe talents in analyzing texts from a variety of views, together with aesthetic, biographical, social, historic, racial and gendered. besides its significant other name at the interval overlaying 1820 to 1870, this set presents a finished evaluation of a key century in American historic and literary reviews.
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195). Here Antin is concerned with cultural rather than religious difference. As if to ally her audience, she divides Judaism into “kernel” and “husk,” suggesting that one may “drop” the kernel and retain the husk. In other words, cultural identity is voluntary: one can choose to be American. Antin never apologizes for her choice— indeed she celebrates it—but her joy in throwing off a repressive past to become American provokes some readers to wonder if she has betrayed her cultural identity. While some may argue that Antin sacrificed her Jewishness for a hollow Americanness, actually what she did was more complex.
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American History Through Literature 1870-1920, Volume 3 by Tom Quirk