Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose by David T. Humphries

By David T. Humphries

In "Different Dispatches", David Humphries brings jointly in a brand new manner a various staff of recognized American writers of the inter-war interval together with: Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemmingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Agee and Robert Penn Warren. He demonstrates how those writers interact journalism in developing cutting edge texts that deal with mass tradition in addition to underlying cultural stipulations. The e-book can be of curiosity to readers drawing close those recognized authors for the 1st time or for students grappling with better problems with cultural creation and reception.

Show description

Read or Download Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory) PDF

Similar modernism books

Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture)

This research offers a brand new account of the relation among modernism and occult discourses. whereas modernism’s engagement with the occult has been approached by way of critics because the results of a lack of religion in illustration, an try to draw on technology because the basic discourse of modernity, or as an try to draw on a hidden heritage of principles, Leigh Wilson argues that those discourses have at their middle a paranormal perform which remakes the connection among international and illustration.

Selected Poems

With the booklet of this booklet, Charles Tomlinson's version of Williams's chosen Poems, New instructions has brought a meeting better and extra accomplished than the unique 1963 variation. commencing with Professor Tomlinson's beautifully transparent and invaluable creation this feature displays the main up to date Williams scholarship.

Earthquakes and Explorations: Language and Painting from Cubism to Concrete Poetry

Just like the earthquakes and explorations depicted at the covers of Gertrude Stein's notebooks, this examine responds to creative and linguistic fault strains and charts new territories. The author's problem is either with a common theoretical query - the connection among portray and poetry, among the visible and the verbal - and with a particular interval of creative background - the early years of the 20th century, while Cubism flourished.

Extra info for Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory)

Sample text

According to Carrie, Poppas has been the only one to help Cressida develop her artistry: Though Cressida, like Thea in The Song of the Lark, goes to Germany to study music and develop her voice, “the accomplished singer who came back . . was largely the work of Miletus Poppas” (409). However, unlike Thea, Cressida is unable to transcend the limits of her family and lead the core audience that appreciates her art; instead, she finds that her “relations with people always become business relations” (405).

Yet as Tevis tells her, even the press agent for the opera house believed that Kitty was present in the audience with Stein (459). Kitty’s ability to generate publicity undermines her ability to control how her image is circulated, and the appearance of her image in the opera house seems to gain more notice than her actual performances there. Because journalism appears to be completely controlled by commerce, even the newspapers cannot present the facts of the case. When Tevis meets a journalist friend of his, Dan Leland, he learns that Dan’s fellow reporters also believe that Kitty is Stein’s mistress.

While her earlier descriptions of Poppas recall the troubling elements of anti-Semitism in Cather’s earlier story, “Behind Singer Tower,” Carrie goes on to describe him in terms that recall the unifying ideal represented by the fire in that story. She notes that while the others would have “stamped out” “the fire at which Cressida warmed herself,” Poppas appreciates the importance of her secret aspirations and protects and nurtures them (402). ” Yet the idea of Poppas “sparing” Cressida underscores her vulnerability: The artist as icon is as fragile as her image.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.87 of 5 – based on 49 votes