Textual photo illustrations. Minor rubbing. VG. In a torn dustwrapper., dustwrapper. 23x15cm, viii, 271 pp, Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, 87. Contents: Context: Introduction: literature and mass culture in the 1930s; Hard times, modern times; Kenneth Fearing: The politics of literary failure: Fearing, mass culture, and the canon; The undercover agents and the culture of the spectacle; 'Zowie did he live and Zowie did he die': Mass culture and the fragmentation of experience; Nathaniel West: 'A surfeit of shoddy': West and the spectacle of culture; 'When you wish upon a star': fantasy and experience; The storyteller, the novelist and the advice columnist; Epilogue: 'Happy ending'. ["Two contradictory, or apparantly contradictory, pairs of terms-depression and abundance, and literature and mass culture-make up the framework of this study in 1930s culture. Rita Barnard suggests that despite the painful national experience of scarcity and poverty, one can detect in the culture of the American thirties the now familiar outlines of an image-mediated, consumer society. She argues that the hierarchical opposition between 'high art' and 'mass culture' was powerfully contested in cultural productions of the depression era: as book clubs, radio, popular exhibitions, star conductors such as Toscanini and many other vehicles brought high culture to millions of people. In the meantime, writers with 'serious' literary interests borrowed from the discourse of the media in their writing. The central figures of this study emerge as pre-eminent-and in some sense prophetic-figures.., . "-Publisher's description. ]
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