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Author Matthews, Kristin L., 1973- author.

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

Publication Info. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2016]


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Description xi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Series Studies in print culture and the history of the book
Studies in print culture and the history of the book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
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."
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Books and reading -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War in literature.
Politics and literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Citizenship in literature.
Democracy in literature.
American literature. (OCoLC)fst00807113
Books and reading -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00836470
Citizenship in literature. (OCoLC)fst00861949
Cold War (1945-1989) in literature. (OCoLC)fst00866988
Democracy in literature. (OCoLC)fst00890120
Identity (Psychology) in literature. (OCoLC)fst00966910
Literature and society. (OCoLC)fst01000096
Politics and literature. (OCoLC)fst01069960
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Roman. (DE-588)4050479-7
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Citizenship, democracy, and Cold War literature
ISBN 9781625342355 paperback ; alkaline paper
1625342357 paperback ; alkaline paper
9781625342348 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1625342349 hardcover ; alkaline paper
Standard No. 40026642517

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