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The cultural front : the laboring of American culture in the Twentieth Century

Author: Michael Denning
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 1998.
Series: Haymarket series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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""The cultural front," James T. Farrell once wrote, was made up of "commercial writers, high-priced Hollywood scenarists, a motley assortment of mystery-plot mechanics, humorists, newspaper columnists, stripteasers, band leaders, glamour girls, actors, press agents, Broadway producers, aging wives with thwarted literary ambitions, and other such ornaments of American culture." The cultural front, that extraordinary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Dos Passos
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Denning
ISBN: 1859841708 9781859841709 185984815X 9781859848159
OCLC Number: 35885880
Description: xx, 556 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Waiting for lefty --
Marching on May Day : cultural politics --Ballads for Americans : aesthetic ideologies --
The decline and fall of the Lincoln republic : Dos Passos's U.S.A. --
"The literary class war" : rethinking proletarian literature --
"The tenement thinking" : ghetto pastorals --
Grapes of wrath : "the art and science of migratin'" --
Labor on revue : the popular front musical theater --
Cabaret blues --
The politics of magic : Orson Welles's allegories of anti-fascism --
"Who's afraid of big bad Walt?" : Disney's radical cartoonists --
American culture and socialist theory --
Conclusion : the old left : eleven outlined epitaphs.
Series Title: Haymarket series.
Responsibility: Michael Denning.
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