"impressive and highly readable... a joy to read... engaging, provocative, and daresay entertaining."- Journal of American Culture"Ars Americana has already received a great deal of positive critical attention... a valuable book for U.S. cultural studies for a number of reasons... it takes popular culture seriously; it seeks intersections between politics, history and the arts; and it sugars the pill of cultural and political analysis without losing substance." - Amerian Studies in Scandinavia
"excellent... refreshingly innovative." - Review of International American Studies
"celebrates the intersection of art, popular culture, and partisan expression in an entertaining and provocative volume." - Journal of American Studies"must-read book on American culture and politics... impeccably researched and documented."- American Studies Today
Peter Swirski quite deliberately violates some of the most sacred taboos of our dominant literary criteria, which demand that we not pay serious attention to fiction that is partisan, political, and popular. Continually provocative, Ars Americana, Ars Politica plunges us into a kind of political art that anyone who wants to comprehend American popular culture cannot afford to ignore. --H. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam and Other American Fantasies
Ars Americana is fascinating and original - and the subject of political literature is endlessly interesting and important. Written with a certain verve which carries the reader along! --Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
Ars Americana, Ars Politica is an illuminating and highly entertaining look at the intersection of art, popular culture and politics. I learned a great deal about subjects where I thought I was a know-it-all. I strongly recommend this book.--Robert W. McChesney, professor of communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
From the author of the acclaimed From Lowbrow to Nobrow comes Ars Americana, Ars Politica, a manifesto for political, cultural and literary studies, a head-cleanser and a sheer romp, fresh in its examples, in its ideas and independence of mind, and in its verbal verve. I have not seen anything like it.
--Brian Boyd, Distinguished Professor of English, The University of Auckland.
Peter Swirski has presented us with a soundly researched, passionate, and beautifully written work - a Jeremiad about other Jeremiads, and a powerful critique of American society and politics as reflected in American media and popular culture. --Arthur Asa Berger, Professor Emeritus in American Studies, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University.
If Fox News reviews Ars Americana, Ars Politica sparks will fly. A book devoted to American literature, it itemizes the flaws in the way America is governed and deplores them. Raising fascinating issues, Peter Swirski has a prose style that will create a stir and encourage readers to take literature and the arts that much more seriously. --David Rampton, Department of English, University of Ottawa