Facing the abyss american literature and culture in the 1940s is a brilliantly conceived project destined to become a landmark book with just the right amount of polemical energy hutchinson mobilizes his facts with verve and precision in this indispensable work that transforms our sense of this turbulent decade. As the 1940s saw the institutionalization of modernist aesthetics in popular styles popular american culture assumed the role of things to come america is not small potatoes yawped le corbusier in the last twenty years facing the old continent it has set up the jacobs ladder of the new times. In his new book facing the abyss american literature and culture in the 1940s george hutchinson asks how these epochal moments resonated in literary culture and how artists brought shape and meaning to the world in the wake of such overwhelming events. Facing the abyss american literature and culture in the 1940s george hutchinson new york columbia university press 2018 xvii 439 in facing the abyss george hutchinson offers readings of individual works and the larger intellectual and cultural scene to reveal the 1940s as a period of profound and influential accomplishment facing . Facing the abyss american literature and culture in the 1940s george hutchinson mythologized as the era of the good war and the greatest generation the 1940s are frequently understood as a more heroic uncomplicated time in american history
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