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The Cultural Front By Michael Denning

The Cultural Front

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This study examines a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture - a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic culture.
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The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning

The cultural front, that extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America, was born in the Great Depression as communists sought to organize cultural workers against fascism and crisis-ridden capitalism. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, the cultural front grew to encompass virtually every easpect of high and popular art in the US during the 1930s and beyond. Thoroughly infused with a radically popular and oppositional mentality, the cultural front informed one of the most culturally exciting and rich periods in American history - a vertiable "second American Renaissance", in the words of Michael Denning. This study examines a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture - a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic culture. From Disney animators to proletarian novelists, and encompassing the likes of Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John dos Passos, C.L.R. James and Billie Holiday, Denning charts a scene which not only fused art and popular protest, but also left a deep imprint on American culture and society today. Michael Denning is the author of "Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America" and "Cover Stories: Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller".

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"A truly wonderful piece of history."--Susan Douglas, "The Progressive"

"An immense achievement ... the most important book yet written on American culture in the age of the CIO."--Michael Rogin, "Journal of American History"

"As fresh a synthesis of the distinctive culture of the 1930s and 1940s as you are likely to find anywhere."--Christopher Benfey, "Times Literary Supplement"

"One of the 25 best books of 1997."--"Voice Literary Supplement"

About Michael Denning


Michael Denning teaches American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of "Mechanic Accents," "Cover Stories," "Culture in the Age of Three Worlds," and "The Cultural Front."

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CIN000108084
The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning
Michael Denning
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Verso Books
1997-02-03
352
185984815X
9781859848159
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