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Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature

Author: Kristin L Matthews
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2016]
Series: Studies in print culture and the history of the book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During the Cold War, the editor of Time magazine declared, "A good citizen is a good reader." As postwar euphoria faded, a wide variety of Americans turned to reading to understand their place in the changing world. Yet, what did it mean to be a good reader? And how did reading make you a good citizen? In Reading America, Kristin L. Matthews puts into conversation a range of political, educational, popular, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristin L Matthews
ISBN: 9781625342355 1625342357 9781625342348 1625342349
OCLC Number: 947146605
Description: xi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: "there is much to be gained by our reading" --
America reads: literacy and Cold War nationalism --
Reading for character, community, and country: J.D. Salinger's The catcher in the rye --
Reading to outmaneuver: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and African American literacy in Cold War America --
Reading against the machine: Oedipa Maas and the quest for democracy in Thomas Pynchon's The crying of lot 49 --
Metafiction and radical democracy: getting at the heart of John Barth's Lost in the funhouse --
Confronting difference, confronting difficulty: culture wars, canon wars, and Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior --
Conclusion: "reading makes a country great."
Series Title: Studies in print culture and the history of the book.
Other Titles: Citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature
Responsibility: Kristin L. Matthews.

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