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The Resource American night : the literary left in the era of the Cold War, Alan M. Wald

American night : the literary left in the era of the Cold War, Alan M. Wald

Label
American night : the literary left in the era of the Cold War
Title
American night
Title remainder
the literary left in the era of the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
Alan M. Wald
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • American Night, the final volume of an unprecedented trilogy, brings Alan Wald's multigenerational history of Communist writers to a poignant climax. Using new research to explore the intimate lives of novelists, poets, and critics during the Cold War, Wald reveals a radical community longing for the rebirth of the social vision of the 1930s and struggling with a loss of moral certainty as the Communist worldview was being called into question. The resulting literature, Wald shows, is a haunting record of fracture and struggle linked by common structures of feeling, ones more suggestive of the "negative dialectics" of Theodor Adorno than the traditional social realism of the Left
  • Establishing new points of contact among Kenneth Fearing, Ann Petry, Alexander Saxton, Richard Wright, Jo Sinclair, Thomas McGrath, and Carlos Bulosan, Wald argues that these writers were in dialogue with psychoanalysis, existentialism, and postwar modernism, often generating moods of piercing emotional acuity and cosmic dissent. He also recounts the contributions of lesser known cultural workers, with a unique accent on gays and lesbians, secular Jews, and people of color. The vexing ambiguities of an era Wald labels "late antifascism" serve to frame an impressive collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wald, Alan M.
Dewey number
810.9/358
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.C6
LC item number
W34 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Communism and literature
  • Socialism and literature
  • Right and left (Political science) in literature
  • American literature
  • Communism and literature
  • Socialism and literature
  • Right and left (Political science) in literature
Label
American night : the literary left in the era of the Cold War, Alan M. Wald
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Virtue of intentions
  • Chapter 2.
  • Scenes from a Class Struggle
  • Somewhere beyond Proletarianism
  • The Intellectual under Fire
  • The Making of Zhdanovists
  • Grand Illusions
  • Humboldt's Gift
  • Chapter 3.
  • The Cult of Reason
  • Preface
  • Coming Home
  • After the Popular Front
  • The Sublime Saxton
  • The Ruins of Memory
  • Gender and the Crisis of Form
  • Chapter 4.
  • The "Homintem" Reconsidered
  • Butterfly Friends
  • The Closeted Past
  • The Double Life of Harry Dana
  • Introduction Late Antifascism
  • Tough Guys
  • Mama's Boys
  • Chapter 5.
  • Lonely Crusaders, Part I
  • The Great Outsider
  • "I Tried to Be a Communist"
  • Personal History
  • American Pages
  • The Radical Stranger
  • Chapter 6.
  • Chapter 1.
  • Lonely Crusaders, Part II
  • Melville in Old Saybrook
  • Contingencies of Gender
  • The Fog
  • The Etiology of Mourning
  • Red, Black, and Gay
  • Exile and Its Discontents
  • Chapter 7.
  • Jews without Judaism
  • Deconversion and Disavowal
  • Postwar
  • Friends of the Unconscious
  • Analytical Realism
  • The Book of Memory
  • A Novel of Emotions
  • Chapter 8.
  • Off Modernity's Grid
  • The Strange Career of People's Poetry
  • Imaginary Friends
  • Memories of the Future
  • Socialist Surrealism
  • The Culture Wars of Kenneth Fearing
  • Auden in Brooklyn
  • Conclusion The Sense of an Ending
  • The Afterlife of Literary Communism
  • The Indeterminacy of Art
  • The Presence of an Absence
  • A Note on Methodology
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • The Mask of Irony
  • Rage against the Machine
  • Study in Fundamentals
Control code
783862014
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 412 pages
Isbn
9780807835869
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012012540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783862014
Label
American night : the literary left in the era of the Cold War, Alan M. Wald
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Virtue of intentions
  • Chapter 2.
  • Scenes from a Class Struggle
  • Somewhere beyond Proletarianism
  • The Intellectual under Fire
  • The Making of Zhdanovists
  • Grand Illusions
  • Humboldt's Gift
  • Chapter 3.
  • The Cult of Reason
  • Preface
  • Coming Home
  • After the Popular Front
  • The Sublime Saxton
  • The Ruins of Memory
  • Gender and the Crisis of Form
  • Chapter 4.
  • The "Homintem" Reconsidered
  • Butterfly Friends
  • The Closeted Past
  • The Double Life of Harry Dana
  • Introduction Late Antifascism
  • Tough Guys
  • Mama's Boys
  • Chapter 5.
  • Lonely Crusaders, Part I
  • The Great Outsider
  • "I Tried to Be a Communist"
  • Personal History
  • American Pages
  • The Radical Stranger
  • Chapter 6.
  • Chapter 1.
  • Lonely Crusaders, Part II
  • Melville in Old Saybrook
  • Contingencies of Gender
  • The Fog
  • The Etiology of Mourning
  • Red, Black, and Gay
  • Exile and Its Discontents
  • Chapter 7.
  • Jews without Judaism
  • Deconversion and Disavowal
  • Postwar
  • Friends of the Unconscious
  • Analytical Realism
  • The Book of Memory
  • A Novel of Emotions
  • Chapter 8.
  • Off Modernity's Grid
  • The Strange Career of People's Poetry
  • Imaginary Friends
  • Memories of the Future
  • Socialist Surrealism
  • The Culture Wars of Kenneth Fearing
  • Auden in Brooklyn
  • Conclusion The Sense of an Ending
  • The Afterlife of Literary Communism
  • The Indeterminacy of Art
  • The Presence of an Absence
  • A Note on Methodology
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • The Mask of Irony
  • Rage against the Machine
  • Study in Fundamentals
Control code
783862014
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 412 pages
Isbn
9780807835869
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012012540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783862014

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