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The Resource Melting-pot modernism, Sarah Wilson

Melting-pot modernism, Sarah Wilson

Label
Melting-pot modernism
Title
Melting-pot modernism
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Wilson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Melting-Pot Modernism is an intelligent and beautifully written examination of the 'melting pot' as taken up in the work of four modernist writers. For Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Willa Cather, and Gertrude Stein, questions of novelty and difference familiar to the immigration, assimilation, and nativist debates were likewise aesthetic concerns for problems of form, the self, and one's relation to the past and to others. Sarah Wilson's readings of individual texts are ingenious and illuminating; her argument is fruitfully grounded in solid historical understanding of the authors' lives and of contemporaneous debates on immigration."--Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria, author of A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism
  • "Melting-Pot Modernism persuasively links early modernist experimentation to a specific social context: the discussions and political programs addressing questions of assimilation at the turn of the twentieth century. Wilson integrates into her discussion of 'melting-pot discourse' a wide array of texts-from immigrant autobiographies and sociological studies to the New History movement-that illuminate the themes and formal innovations of literary works by Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Willa Cather, and Gertrude Stein."--Nancy Bentley, University of Pennsylvania
  • Between 1891 and 1920 more than 18 million immigrants entered the United States. While many Americans responded to this influx by proposing immigration restriction or large-scale "Americanization" campaigns, a few others, figures such as Jane Addams and John Dewey, adopted the image of the melting pot to oppose such measures. These Progressives imagined assimilation as a multidirectional process, in which both native-born and immigrants contributed their cultural gifts to a communal fund. Melting-Pot Modernism reveals the richly aesthetic nature of assimilation at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on questions of the individual's relation to culture, the protection of vulnerable populations, the sharing of cultural heritages, and the far-reaching effects of free-market thinking
  • By tracing the melting-pot impulse toward merging and cross-fertilization through the writings of Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Willa Cather, and Gertrude Stein, as well as through the autobiography, sociology, and social commentary of their era, Sarah Wilson makes a new connection between the ideological ferment of the Progressive era and the literary experimentation of modernism. Wilson puts literary analysis at the service of intellectual history, showing that literary modes of thought and expression both shaped and were shaped by debates over cultural assimilation. Exploring the depth and nuance of an earlier moment's commitment to cultural inclusiveness, Melting-Pot Modernism gives new meaning to American struggles to imaginatively encompass differenceùand to the central place of literary interpretation in understanding such struggles. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
E7B
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1973-
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Wilson, Sarah
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Americanization
  • Assimilation (Sociology) in literature
  • Acculturation in literature
  • Emigration and immigration in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • American literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Acculturation in literature
  • American literature
  • Americanization
  • Assimilation (Sociology) in literature
  • Emigration and immigration in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • United States
Label
Melting-pot modernism, Sarah Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The melting pot : assimilation to one another -- Henry James in the "intellectual pot-au-feu" -- James Weldon Johnson's integrationist chameleonism -- Recollection, reform, and "broken time" in Willa Cather -- Gertrude Stein and "individual anything" -- Afterword : melting-pot histories of the present
Control code
ocn726824301
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459412
Lccn
2010003024
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r4bs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824301
Label
Melting-pot modernism, Sarah Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The melting pot : assimilation to one another -- Henry James in the "intellectual pot-au-feu" -- James Weldon Johnson's integrationist chameleonism -- Recollection, reform, and "broken time" in Willa Cather -- Gertrude Stein and "individual anything" -- Afterword : melting-pot histories of the present
Control code
ocn726824301
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459412
Lccn
2010003024
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r4bs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824301

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