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Realism for the Masses – Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and U.S. Culture, 1935-1947 - University Press of Mississippi
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Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and U.S. Culture, 1935-1947

Chris Vials


This book is an exploration of how the concept of realism entered mass culture, and from there, how it tried to remake “America.” The literary and artistic creations of American realism are generally associated with the late nineteenth century. However, this book argues that the aesthetic actually saturated American culture in the 1930s and 1940s, and that the left social movements of the period were in no small part responsible. The book examines the prose of Carlos Bulosan and H. T. Tsiang; the photo essays of Margaret Bourke-White in Life magazine; the bestsellers of Erskine Caldwell and Ma ... More

Keywords: realism, mass culture, American culture, Carlos Bulosan, H. T. Tsiang, Margaret Bourke-White, Erskine Caldwell, Margaret Mitchell, Clifford Odets, Richard Wright

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604731231
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Vials, author