New PDF release: Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture

By Josephine Hendin

ISBN-10: 0631207090

ISBN-13: 9780631207092

This Concise spouse is a consultant to the inventive output of the USA within the postwar interval, in its diversified energies, shapes and kinds.

  • Embraces variety, masking Vietnam literature, homosexual and lesbian literature, American Jewish fiction, Italian American literature, Irish American writing, emergent ethnic literatures, African American writing, jazz, movie, drama and extra.
  • Shows how diversified genres and ways unfolded inventive percentages and interacted within the postwar interval.
  • Portrays the postwar usa cut up through modifications of wealth and place, by way of ethnicity and race, and by way of agendas of left and correct, yet united within the depth of its inventive force.

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Shannon, William V. The American Irish. New York: Macmillan, 1963. 19 Frederick R. Karl Chapter 2 The Fifties and After: An Ambiguous Culture Frederick R. Karl As reflected in the culture of the decade, the 1950s more than most periods had several split personalities. By culture, we mean serious and pop, the arts and business, lifestyles and political ideologies, the totality of what makes a country into a nation and, by extension, a decade into a decade. As a silhouette of history the fifties have a definite contour: demarcated on one side by the end of the war and on the other by the uproar of the sixties.

By culture, we mean serious and pop, the arts and business, lifestyles and political ideologies, the totality of what makes a country into a nation and, by extension, a decade into a decade. As a silhouette of history the fifties have a definite contour: demarcated on one side by the end of the war and on the other by the uproar of the sixties. Unfairly, the fifties have often been narrowly perceived in mainly political and social terms, as the triumph of American prosperity; as the epitome of surging consumerism; as the victory of American culture and values over those of its closest rival, the Soviet Union; as a nation which has proven its uniqueness, in most ways God’s chosen; and inevitably, as the time of reward for a generation of strivers who experienced and came through the Great Depression and a world war.

The Erikson term suggests a new kind of alienation. It implies, in one respect, what R. D. Laing, the Scottish psychiatrist, called social schizophrenia, something societally induced rather than an individual affliction. The new alienation, which is broadly cultural, results from a population’s inability to adjust to constant change. Childhood and adulthood are discontinuous; social fragments cannot become whole; the very political climate subverts intellectual values. Passage from one phase of life to another is problematic and difficult, and the triumphs of technology so characteristic of the fifties cannot compensate.

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