The Resource Fantasies of the New Class : Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction, Stephen Schryer, (ebook)

Fantasies of the New Class : Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction, Stephen Schryer, (ebook)

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Fantasies of the New Class : Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction
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Fantasies of the New Class
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Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction
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Stephen Schryer
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eng
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America's post-World War II prosperity created a boom in higher education, expanding the number of university-educated readers and making a new literary politics possible. Writers began to direct their work toward the growing professional class, and the American public in turn became more open to literary culture. This relationship imbued fiction with a new social and cultural import, allowing authors to envision themselves as unique cultural educators. It also changed the nature of literary representation: writers came to depict social reality as a tissue of ideas produced by knowledge elites. Linking literary and historical trends, Stephen Schryer underscores the exalted fantasies that arose from postwar American writers' new sense of their cultural mission. Hoping to transform capitalism from within, writers and critics tried to cultivate aesthetically attuned professionals who could disrupt the narrow materialism of the bourgeoisie. Reading Don DeLillo, Marge Piercy, Mary McCarthy, Saul Bellow, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ralph Ellison, and Lionel Trilling, among others, Schryer unravels the postwar idea of American literature as a vehicle for instruction, while highlighting both the promise and flaws inherent in this vision
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Midwest
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Schryer, Stephen
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813/.54093552
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non fiction
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  • American fiction
  • Social classes in literature
  • Professional employees in literature
  • Elite (Social sciences) in literature
  • Professional employees
  • Literature and society
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adult
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Fantasies of the New Class : Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction, Stephen Schryer, (ebook)
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9780231527477
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MWT11864598
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11864598
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Fantasies of the New Class : Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction, Stephen Schryer, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231527477
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11864598
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11864598
System control number
MWT11864598
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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