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American Literature in Transition, 1950–1960

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Steven Belletto, Arthur Redding, Katie Muth, Mary Esteve, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Jason Stevens, Tracy Floreani, Keith Wilhite, Spencer R. Herrera, Tara Fickle, Michael Trask, Kathlene McDonald, Denis Jonnes, Robert Genter, Anne Dewey, Fiona Paton, Christopher Grobe, Ben Hickman, Martin Halliwell, Alan Wald, Loren Glass, Evan Brier, Rob Latham
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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418232

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  • American Literature in Transition, 1950–1960 explores the under-recognized complexity and variety of 1950s American literature by focalizing discussions through a series of keywords and formats that encourage readers to draw fresh connections among literary form and concepts, institutions, cultures, and social phenomena important to the decade. The first section draws attention to the relationship between literature and cultural phenomena that were new to the 1950s. The second section demonstrates the range of subject positions important in the 1950s, but still not visible in many accounts of the era. The third section explores key literary schools or movements associated with the decade, and explains how and why they developed at this particular cultural moment. The final section focuses on specific forms or genres that grew to special prominence during the 1950s. Taken together, the chapters in the four sections not only encourage us to rethink familiar texts and figures in new lights, but they also propose new archives for future study of the decade.

    • Proposes that the 1950s was a dynamic decade in American literature, appealing to those interested in learning about 1950s American literature in depth
    • Radically expands the field of 1950s literature, introducing readers to important texts and figures that have been understudied for too long
    • Organized into four categories: Cultural Issues; Varieties of Literary Experience; Schools, Movements, and Sensibilities; and Formats and Genres, allowing readers to quickly find material relevant to their area(s) of interest
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    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418232
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Steven Belletto
    Part I. Cultural Issues:
    1. Cold War Arthur Redding
    2. Mass media Katie Muth
    3. When psychoanalysis was in vogue Mary Esteve
    4. Towards decolonization Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
    5. Religion Jason Stevens
    6. Politics Tracy Floreani
    Part II. Varieties of Literary Experience:
    7. WASP culture Keith Wilhite
    8. African American literature Steven Belletto
    9. Los(t) 'happy days': Chicana/o literature, 1950–1960 Spencer R. Herrera
    10. Asian American literature Tara Fickle
    11. Gay and lesbian culture in the 1950s Michael Trask
    12. Feminist literature Kathlene McDonald
    13. Youth culture and the postwar drop-out narrative Denis Jonnes
    Part III. Schools, Movements, and Sensibilities:
    14. Proto-postmodernism Robert Genter
    15. Black mountain college as experimental arts community Anne Dewey
    16. The beat movement Fiona Paton
    17. Advertisements for themselves: poetry, confession, and the arts of publicity Christopher Grobe
    18. New York School Ben Hickman
    19. Literary exiles, cultural émigrés Martin Halliwell
    20. The literature of commitment Alan Wald
    Part IV. Formats and Genres:
    21. From consensus to conflict: little magazines in the 1950s Loren Glass
    22. Best sellers and the 1950s Evan Brier
    23. A genre comes of age: the maturation of science fiction in the 1950s Rob Latham.

  • Editor

    Steven Belletto, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
    Steven Belletto is Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College. He is author of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives (2012), editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (Cambridge, 2017), and co-editor of American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War: A Critical Reassessment (2012). The author of numerous articles on post-1945 American literature and culture that have appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Quarterly, ELH, and Twentieth-Century Literature, from 2011–2016 he was associate editor for the journal Contemporary Literature, and is now an editor there. He is currently writing a literary history of the Beats to be published by Cambridge University Press.

    Contributors

    Steven Belletto, Arthur Redding, Katie Muth, Mary Esteve, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Jason Stevens, Tracy Floreani, Keith Wilhite, Spencer R. Herrera, Tara Fickle, Michael Trask, Kathlene McDonald, Denis Jonnes, Robert Genter, Anne Dewey, Fiona Paton, Christopher Grobe, Ben Hickman, Martin Halliwell, Alan Wald, Loren Glass, Evan Brier, Rob Latham

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