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The Resource Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature, Kristin L. Matthews

Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature, Kristin L. Matthews

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Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature
Title
Reading America
Title remainder
citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature
Statement of responsibility
Kristin L. Matthews
Title variation
Citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature
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Language
eng
Summary
"During the Cold War, the editor of Time magazine declared, "A good citizen is a good reader." As postwar euphoria faded, a wide variety of Americans turned to reading to understand their place in the changing world. Yet, what did it mean to be a good reader? And how did reading make you a good citizen? In Reading America, Kristin L. Matthews puts into conversation a range of political, educational, popular, and touchstone literary texts to demonstrate how Americans from across the political spectrum--including "great works" proponents, New Critics, civil rights leaders, postmodern theorists, neoconservatives, and multiculturalists--celebrated particular texts and advocated particular interpretive methods as they worked to make their vision of "America" a reality. She situates the fiction of J. D. Salinger, Ralph Ellison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, and Maxine Hong Kingston within these debates, illustrating how Cold War literature was not just an object of but also a vested participant in postwar efforts to define good reading and citizenship" --
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1973-
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Matthews, Kristin L.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Print culture and the history of the book
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  • American literature
  • Books and reading
  • Literature and society
  • Cold War in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Citizenship in literature
  • Democracy in literature
Label
Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature, Kristin L. Matthews
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: "there is much to be gained by our reading" -- America reads: literacy and Cold War nationalism -- Reading for character, community, and country: J. D. Salinger's The catcher in the rye -- Reading to outmaneuver: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and African American -- Literacy in Cold War America -- Reading against the machine: Oedipa Maas and the quest for democracy in Thomas Pynchon's The crying of lot 49 -- Metafiction and radical democracy: getting at the heart of John Barth's Lost in the funhouse -- Confronting difference, confronting difficulty: culture wars, canon wars, and Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior -- Conclusion: "reading makes a country great"
Control code
EBC5599560
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (226 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613764695
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2018. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries
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illustrations
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5599560
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL5599560
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr11637846
  • (OCoLC)1076807926
Label
Reading America : citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature, Kristin L. Matthews
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: "there is much to be gained by our reading" -- America reads: literacy and Cold War nationalism -- Reading for character, community, and country: J. D. Salinger's The catcher in the rye -- Reading to outmaneuver: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and African American -- Literacy in Cold War America -- Reading against the machine: Oedipa Maas and the quest for democracy in Thomas Pynchon's The crying of lot 49 -- Metafiction and radical democracy: getting at the heart of John Barth's Lost in the funhouse -- Confronting difference, confronting difficulty: culture wars, canon wars, and Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior -- Conclusion: "reading makes a country great"
Control code
EBC5599560
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (226 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613764695
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2018. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries
Other physical details
illustrations
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5599560
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL5599560
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr11637846
  • (OCoLC)1076807926

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