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American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s (Wisconsin Project on American Writers) Hardcover – October 15, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: Wisconsin Project on American Writers
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299157008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299157005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,539,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A landmark in literary and cultural studies. Veitch considers the crucial decade of the 1930s in light of the work of Nathanael West; the result is a sweeping revision, not only of West’s achievement but of the broad social, aesthetic, and intellectual movements that shaped modern America. It is perhaps the best analysis from within of the Depression Decade, a comprehensive overview of the influence in this country of dada and surrealism, a compelling analysis of the dynamics of mass culture, and the best study we have of the achievement and significance of Nathanael West.”—Sacvan Bercovitch, Carswell Professor of American and English Literature, Harvard University

“Sophisticated.… Veitch’s great virtue is his ability to place West within a complex web of issues relating to the production of social knowledge and the problem of representation. In doing so, he gives us a fresh view of West and of the period as a whole.”—Miles Orvell, author of After the Machine: Visual Arts & the Erasing of Cultural Boundaries

“A…brilliant contribution to Nathanael West studies and American studies more generally.”—Dickran Tashjian, author of A Boatload of Madmen: Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde, 1920-1950

About the Author

Jonathan Veitch was professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and  is now chairman of humanities at the New School for Social Research in New York. This is his first book.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By trosenman on October 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
AMAZING BOOK!! MUST BUY!! SUCH INSIGHTFUL AND UNIQUE IDEAS PRESENTED THROUGH EASY TO READ CONTEXT. American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s (Wisconsin Project on American Writers)
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