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A Race of Singers

by Bryan K. Garman The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

When Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass in 1855, he dreamed of inspiring a "race of singers" who would celebrate the working class and realize the promise of American democracy. By examining how singers...


Nature's State

by Susan Kollin The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

An engaging blend of environmental theory and literary studies, Nature's State looks behind the myth of Alaska as America's "last frontier," a pristine and wild place on the fringes of our geographical imagination....


John Brown's Body

by Franny Nudelman The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2015)

Singing "John Brown's Body" as they marched to war, Union soldiers sought to steel themselves in the face of impending death. As the bodies of these soldiers accumulated in the wake of battle, writers, artists,...


Staging Depth

by Joel Pfister The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Until now, Eugene O'Neill's psychological dramas have been analyzed mainly by critics who relied on obvious parallels between O'Neill's life, his family, and his plays. In this theoretically expansive and interdisciplinary...


Reading Football

by Michael Oriard The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Is football an athletic contest or a social event? Is it a game of skill, a test of manhood, or merely an organized brawl? Michael Oriard, a former professional player, asks these and other intriguing questions...


Our Daily Bread

by Geoff Mann The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

A wage is more than a simple fee in exchange for labor, argues Geoff Mann. Beyond being a quantitative reflection of productivity or bargaining power, a wage is a political arena in which working people's identity,...


Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Evolution

by James Livingston The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The rise of corporate capitalism was a cultural revolution as well as an economic event, according to James Livingston. That revolution resides, he argues, in the fundamental reconstruction of selfhood, or subjectivity,...


Making Something Happen

by Michael Thurston The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Poetry makes nothing happen," wrote W. H. Auden in 1939, expressing a belief that came to dominate American literary institutions in the late 1940s--the idea that good poetry cannot, and should not, be politically...


Civic Myths

by Brook Thomas The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this generation of Americans, Brook Thomas argues for revitalizing the role of literature in civic education. Thomas defines civic myths as compelling stories...


American Alchemy

by Brian Roberts The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

California during the gold rush was a place of disputed claims, shoot-outs, gambling halls, and prostitution; a place populated by that rough and rebellious figure, the forty-niner; in short, a place that seems...


Contested Culture

by Jane M. Gaines The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Jane M. Gaines examines the phenomenon of images as property, focusing on the legal staus of mechanically produced visual and audio images from popular culture. Bridging the fields of critical legal studies...


Modern Bodies

by Julia L. Foulkes The University of North Carolina Press (November 03, 2003)

In 1930, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed the arrival of "dance as an art of and from America." Dancers such as Doris Humphrey, Ted Shawn, Katherine Dunham, and Helen Tamiris joined Graham in...


Sensational Modernism

by Joseph B. Entin The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Challenging the conventional wisdom that the 1930s were dominated by literary and photographic realism, Sensational Modernism uncovers a rich vein of experimental work by politically progressive artists. Examining...


The Genteel Tradition and the Sacred Rage

by Robert Dawidoff The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Asking why many American intellectuals have had such difficulty accepting wholeheartedly the cultural dimensions of democracy, Robert Dawidoff examines their alienation and ambivalence, a tradition of detachment...


America's Culture of Terrorism

by Jeffory A. Clymer The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

Although the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 shocked the world, America has confronted terrorism at home for well over a century. With the invention of dynamite in 1866, Americans began to worry about...


Slippery Characters

by Laura Browder The University of North Carolina Press (June 20, 2003)

In the 1920s, black janitor Sylvester Long reinvented himself as Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, and Elizabeth Stern, the native-born daughter of a German Lutheran and a Welsh Baptist, authored the immigrant's...


Beloved Community

by Casey Nelson Blake The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The "Young American" critics -- Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis Mumford -- are well known as central figures in the Greenwich Village "Little Renaissance" of the 1910s and in the postwar...


Dictators, Democracy, and American Public Culture

by Benjamin L. Alpers The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Focusing on portrayals of Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany, and Stalin's Russia in U.S. films, magazine and newspaper articles, books, plays, speeches, and other texts, Benjamin Alpers traces changing American...


Horrible Prettiness

by Robert C. Allen The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Robert Allen's compelling book examines burlesque not only as popular entertainment but also as a complex and transforming cultural phenomenon. When Lydia Thompson and her controversial female troupe of "British...


Panic!

by David A. Zimmerman The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

During the economic depression of the 1890s and the speculative frenzy of the following decade, Wall Street, high finance, and market crises assumed unprecedented visibility in the United States. Fiction writers...