The Changing American Theatre Mainstream and Marginal Past and Present

The Changing American Theatre  Mainstream and Marginal  Past and Present
Author: Yvonne Shafer
Publsiher: Universitat de València
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2011-11-28
ISBN: 8437085403
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Changing American Theatre Mainstream and Marginal Past and Present Book Excerpt:

Aquest llibre d'assajos presenta una panoràmica del desenvolupament del teatre nord-americà des de principis del segle XIX fins a l'actualitat. Mostra els canvis que el teatre va reflectir a mesura que creixia el país i es modificava la societat. Amb cada dècada, una expressió més completa de la cultura nord-americana, amb la seva gran varietat, apareixia en obres de teatre, musicals i revistes. Els assajos analitzen els esforços de figures marginals -sobretot dramaturgs i productors no comercials, afro-americans i dones- per dur a terme una ampliació de l'espectre del teatre nord-americà quant a la dramatúrgia, disseny, representació i construcció dramàtica.

The History of American Literature on Film

The History of American Literature on Film
Author: Thomas Leitch
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2019-06-13
ISBN: 1628923725
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of American Literature on Film Book Excerpt:

From William Dickson's Rip Van Winkle films (1896) to Baz Luhrmann's big-budget production of The Great Gatsby (2013) and beyond, cinematic adaptations of American literature participate in a rich and fascinating history. Unlike previous studies of American literature and film, which emphasize particular authors like Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne, particular texts like Moby-Dick, particular literary periods like the American Renaissance, or particular genres like the novel, this volume considers the multiple functions of filmed American literature as a cinematic genre in its own right-one that reflects the specific political and aesthetic priorities of different national and historical cinemas even as it plays a decisive role in defining American literature for a global audience.

The American Exception Volume 1

The American Exception  Volume 1
Author: Frank J. Lechner
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2017-01-09
ISBN: 1137587172
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Exception Volume 1 Book Excerpt:

This book examines what makes the United States an exceptional society, what impact it has had abroad, and why these issues have mattered to Americans. With historical and comparative evidence, Frank J. Lechner describes the distinctive path of American institutions and tracks changes in the country’s national identity in order to assess claims about America’s ‘exceptional’ qualities. The book analyzes several focal points of exceptionalist thinking about America, including the importance of US Constitution and the American sense of mission, and explores several aspects of America’s distinctive global impact; for example, in economics and film. In addition to discussing the distinctive global impact of the US, this first volume delves into religion, law, and sports.

The Futures of American Studies

The Futures of American Studies
Author: Professor Robyn Wiegman,Donald E. Pease,Robyn Wiegman
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 636
Release: 2002-10-21
ISBN: 9780822329657
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Futures of American Studies Book Excerpt:

DIVA state of the art portrait of the field of American studies--its interests and methodologies, its interactions with the social and cultural movements it describes and attempts to explain, and a compendium of likely directions the field will take in the f/div

The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature

The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature
Author: Christopher Dowd
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2010-09-13
ISBN: 1136902414
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature Book Excerpt:

This book examines the development of literary constructions of Irish-American identity from the mid-nineteenth century arrival of the Famine generation through the Great Depression. It goes beyond an analysis of negative Irish stereotypes and shows how Irish characters became the site of intense cultural debate regarding American identity, with some writers imagining Irishness to be the antithesis of Americanness, but others suggesting Irishness to be a path to Americanization. This study emphasizes the importance of considering how a sense of Irishness was imagined by both Irish-American writers conscious of the process of self-definition as well as non-Irish writers responsive to shifting cultural concerns regarding ethnic others. It analyzes specific iconic Irish-American characters including Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlet O’Hara, as well as lesser-known Irish monsters who lurked in the American imagination such as T.S. Eliot’s Sweeney and Frank Norris’ McTeague. As Dowd argues, in contemporary American society, Irishness has been largely absorbed into a homogenous white culture, and as a result, it has become a largely invisible ethnicity to many modern literary critics. Too often, they simply do not see Irishness or do not think it relevant, and as a result, many Irish-American characters have been de-ethnicized in the critical literature of the past century. This volume reestablishes the importance of Irish ethnicity to many characters that have come to be misread as generically white and shows how Irishness is integral to their stories.

American English

American English
Author: Zoltan Kovecses
Publsiher: Broadview Press
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2000-09-26
ISBN: 1770484280
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American English Book Excerpt:

This book is a cultural-historical (rather than purely linguistic) introduction to American English. The first part consists of a general account of variation in American English. It offers concise but comprehensive coverage of such topics as the history of American English; regional, social and ethnic variation; variation in style (including slang); and British and American differences. The second part of the book puts forward an account of how American English has developed into a dominant variety of the English language. It focuses on the ways in which intellectual traditions such as puritanism and republicanism, in shaping the American world view, have also contributed to the distinctiveness of American English.

Postwar American Fiction and the Rise of Modern Conservatism

Postwar American Fiction and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
Author: Bryan M. Santin
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-03-11
ISBN: 1108974236
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Postwar American Fiction and the Rise of Modern Conservatism Book Excerpt:

Bryan M. Santin examines over a half-century of intersection between American fiction and postwar conservatism. He traces the shifting racial politics of movement conservatism to argue that contemporary perceptions of literary form and aesthetic value are intrinsically connected to the rise of the American Right. Instead of casting postwar conservatives as cynical hustlers or ideological fanatics, Santin shows how the long-term rhetorical shift in conservative notions of literary value and prestige reveal an aesthetic antinomy between high culture and low culture. This shift, he argues, registered and mediated the deeper foundational antinomy structuring postwar conservatism itself: the stable social order of traditionalism and the creative destruction of free-market capitalism. Postwar conservatives produced, in effect, an ambivalent double register in the discourse of conservative literary taste that sought to celebrate neo-aristocratic manifestations of cultural capital while condemning newer, more progressive manifestations revolving around racial and ethnic diversity.

The African American Urban Experience

The African American Urban Experience
Author: J. Trotter,E. Lewis,T. Hunter
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2004-03-17
ISBN: 1403979162
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The African American Urban Experience Book Excerpt:

From the early years of the African slave trade to America, blacks have lived and laboured in urban environments. Yet the transformation of rural blacks into a predominantly urban people is a relatively recent phenomenon - only during World War One did African Americans move into cities in large numbers, and only during World War Two did more blacks reside in cities than in the countryside. By the early 1970s, blacks had not only made the transition from rural to urban settings, but were almost evenly distributed between the cities of the North and the West on the one hand and the South on the other. In their quest for full citizenship rights, economic democracy, and release from an oppressive rural past, black southerners turned to urban migration and employment in the nation's industrial sector as a new 'Promised Land' or 'Flight from Egypt'. In order to illuminate these transformations in African American urban life, this book brings together urban history; contemporary social, cultural, and policy research; and comparative perspectives on race, ethnicity, and nationality within and across national boundaries.

Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All American Meal

Fast Food Nation  The Dark Side of the All American Meal
Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff
Publsiher: BookCaps Study Guides
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2012
ISBN: 162107272X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All American Meal Book Excerpt:

The perfect companion to Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives

The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives
Author: Eleanor Rose Ty,Professor Department of English Eleanor Ty,Ty Eleanor
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN: 9780802086044
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives Book Excerpt:

Through close readings grounded in the socio-historical context of each work, Ty studies how authors and filmmakers meet the gaze of the dominant culture and respond to the assumptions and meanings commonly associated with Orientalized, visible bodies. Ty does not survey Asian Canadian and Asian America literature, but presents readings of selected texts that actively engage with issues of otherness, visibility, and identification. Many of them, she says, are in the process of working out how larger issues of representation, power, and history affect Asian North American subjectivity. Parts of the work have been published previously.

Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century

Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century
Author: Christine Gerhardt
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 584
Release: 2018-06-11
ISBN: 3110480913
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century Book Excerpt:

This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to the nineteenth-century American novel in the light of current debates, theoretical concepts, and critical methodologies. The volume turns to the nineteenth century as a formative era in American literary history, a time that saw both the rise of the novel as a genre, and the emergence of an independent, confident American culture. A broad range of concise essays by European and American scholars demonstrates how some of America‘s most well-known and influential novels responded to and participated in the radical transformations that characterized American culture between the early republic and the age of imperial expansion. Part I consists of 7 systematic essays on key historical and critical frameworks ― including debates aboutrace and citizenship, transnationalism, environmentalism and print culture, as well as sentimentalism, romance and the gothic, realism and naturalism. Part II provides 22 essays on individual novels, each combining an introduction to relevant cultural contexts with a fresh close reading and the discussion of critical perspectives shaped by literary and cultural theory.

American Road Narratives

American Road Narratives
Author: Ann Brigham
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-06-29
ISBN: 0813937515
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Road Narratives Book Excerpt:

The freedom to go anywhere and become anyone has profoundly shaped our national psyche. Transforming our sense of place and identity--whether in terms of social and economic status, or race and ethnicity, or gender and sexuality—American mobility is perhaps nowhere more vividly captured than in the image of the open road. From pioneer trails to the latest car commercial, the road looms large as a form of expansiveness and opportunity. Too often it is the celebratory idea of the road as a free-floating zone moving the traveler beyond the typical concerns of space and time that dominates the discussion. Rather than thinking of mobility as an escape from cultural tensions, however, Ann Brigham proposes that we understand mobility as a mode of engagement with them. She explores the genre of road narratives to show how mobility both thrives on and attempts to manage shifting conflicts about space and society in the United States. From the earliest transcontinental automobile narratives from the 1910s, through classics like Jack Kerouac's On the Road and the film Thelma & Louise, up to post-9/11 narratives, Brigham traces the ways in which mobility has been imagined, created, and interrogated over the past century and shows how mobility promises, and threatens, to incorporate the outsider and to blur boundaries. Bringing together textual and cultural analysis, theories of spatiality, and sociohistorical frameworks, this book offers an invigoratingly different view of mobility and a new understanding of the road narrative’s importance in American culture. Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association

American Bards

American Bards
Author: Edward Keyes Whitley
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2010
ISBN: 0807834211
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Bards Book Excerpt:

"Edward Whitley's book maps James M. Whitfield, Eliza R. Snow, and John Rollin Ridge prominently onto nineteenth-century American poetic history as a group of poets seeking to become national bards not by embracing the traditional trappings of nationalism

Silent Film the Triumph of the American Myth

Silent Film   the Triumph of the American Myth
Author: Paula Marantz Cohen
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 235
Release: 2001
ISBN: 019514094X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Silent Film the Triumph of the American Myth Book Excerpt:

Cohen argues that silent film allowed America to sever its literary and linguistic ties to Europe and develop an original form of expression compatible with American strengths and weaknesses. She connects the rise of film and the rise of America as a cultural center and 20th century world power.

Jewish American Literature since 1945

Jewish American Literature since 1945
Author: Stephen Wade
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2013-04-11
ISBN: 1136596429
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish American Literature since 1945 Book Excerpt:

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

American Chestnut

American Chestnut
Author: Susan Freinkel
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2007-11-19
ISBN: 0520247302
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Chestnut Book Excerpt:

Looks at the history of the American chestnut tree and how it was left on the brink of extinction from a plague and the quest to save the tree.

Superheroes and Presidents How Absurd Stories Have Poisoned the American Mind

Superheroes and Presidents  How Absurd Stories Have Poisoned the American Mind
Author: David Sinclair
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-07-27
ISBN: 1300217162
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Superheroes and Presidents How Absurd Stories Have Poisoned the American Mind Book Excerpt:

Conservatives see Donald Trump as Batman, the mighty crusader cleaning out “Gotham City” – the Swamp, the Deep State, the liberal elite. Liberals previously regarded Trump as the Joker, a psychotic maniac destroying America. However, since "Joker" – Todd Phillips’ 2019 movie tour de force – the Joker is now seen as a liberal anti-hero, fighting the good fight against the super-rich elites. Batman, the sleazy playboy billionaire who stands for the military-industrial complex and predatory capitalism is now the psychotic monster who needs to be defeated. American culture is defined by the shifting sands of superheroes – comic book characters who rule a fantasy world – while China gets on with conquering the real world via its relentless progress in science, mathematics, engineering, computing and technology. Who will dominate the 21st century – the lazy illiterates that love superhero movies – or the hard-working strivers using their highly advanced knowledge to transform everything? America’s love of fantasy is its doom. China’s love of hard work and intelligence will sweep all before it. The Thucydides Trap is finally here – the USA is the declining power, being replaced by the rising power, China. No superheroes are coming to America’s aid. They are up against 1.4 billion industrious high achievers, with the highest ambitions, and total certainty that the future is theirs. The dogs in the street know who’s going to win this showdown. It’s not Captain America, that’s for sure.

American History Awards 1917 1991

American History Awards 1917   1991
Author: Heinz-D. Fischer
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2017-06-12
ISBN: 311097214X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American History Awards 1917 1991 Book Excerpt:

The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presentsthe history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A toE the awarding oftheprize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to thedecisions.

American Meth

American Meth
Author: Sterling R. Braswell
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2005
ISBN: 0595380212
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Meth Book Excerpt:

Methamphetamine: the quintessential American drug. American housewives, heads of state, businessmen and poets alike have acquired a taste for the yellow, crystalline powder. Everyone from Hitler to President Kennedy to Elvis to Jack Kerouac indulged in one of its many forms, and its presence has been an invisible hand shaping events, preparing the ground for the strangest drug epidemic the world has ever seen. Today methamphetamine is everywhere, and there seems to be no way of stemming its growth. It is the backbone of Ritalin and the "club drugs" Ecstasy, Eve and Cat. According to the DEA statistics, approximately four percent of all Americans have used clandestinely manufactured methamphetamine. In the 1960s and 1970s millions of mainstream Americans used and abused prescription amphetamines; today, anyone with a stovetop, a beaker, and a little know-how can make its derivative, methamphetamine, with chemicals purchased at the hardware store and pharmacy down the street. American Meth is the unprecedented story of a molecule in all of its incarnations, and the deep but little-known impact it has had on American life over the course of the last century. Told from the viewpoint of author Sterling Braswell, whose life has been touched by the drug, American Meth is a deeply personal drama that illuminates the epidemic we live with today.

American Drama

American Drama
Author: Jacqueline Foertsch
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2017-09-16
ISBN: 1350310093
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Drama Book Excerpt:

An essential introductory textbook that guides students through 300 years of American plays, as well as their remarkable engagement with texts from across the Atlantic. Divided into seven historical periods, Jacqueline Foertsch offers unique overviews of 38 American plays and their reception, from Robert Hunter's Androboros (c.1714) to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton (2015). Each historical section begins with an overseas play that proved influential to American playwrights in that period, demonstrating to students an astonishing dialogue taking place across the Atlantic. This is an ideal core text for modules on American Drama – or a supplementary text for broader modules on American Literature – which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate literature, drama, theatre studies or American studies degree. In addition it is a crucial resource for students who may be studying American drama as part of a taught postgraduate degree in literature, drama or American studies.