American and European Literary Imagination by John McCormick

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By John McCormick

Western tradition consists of a sophisticated and intricate mix of impacts: spiritual, philosophical, linguistic, political, social, and sociological. American tradition is a selected pressure, yet except eu antecedents and modern leanings are duly famous, any ensuing historical past is predestined to provincialism and distortion. In his account of yankee literature in the course of the interval 1919 to 1932, McCormick offers with the extreme paintings of artists who wrested resourceful order from an international during which the abyss used to be by no means out of sight. McCormick's quantity is meant as a serious, instead of encyclopedic historical past of literature on each side of the Atlantic among the tip of global warfare I and the political and social crises that arose within the Thirties. even if he emphasizes American writers, the emergence of an essential and quite smooth American literature is found within the cultural come across with Europe and the rejection of nationwide bias through the main figures of the interval. McCormick bargains with Gertrude Stein and the mythology of the "lost generation," the tensions and ambivalences of traditionalism and modernity within the paintings of Sherwood Anderson and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the influence and traits of Hemingway's sort in comparison to that of Henry de Montherlant, and the provincial iconoclasm of Sinclair Lewis juxtaposed with the extra telling satire of Italo Svevo. The formal strategies within the paintings of John Dos Passos, E.E. Cummings, and William Faulkner, the poetic revolution opposed to cultural parochialism and genteel romanticism is given broad attention with reference to the paintings of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore also are mentioned. The concluding chapters talk about literary and social feedback and investigate the effect of psychoanalysis, philosophical pragmatism, and radical historiography at the highbrow weather of the interval. lecturers and scholars in English and American Literature, American historical past, and Comparative Literature, and the overall reader attracted to the writing of the interval, may well achieve new insights from those valuations, devaluations, and re-evaluations. This version contains a new creation by means of the writer.

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