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The Resource Freaks in late modernist American culture : Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers, Nancy Bombaci

Freaks in late modernist American culture : Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers, Nancy Bombaci

Label
Freaks in late modernist American culture : Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers
Title
Freaks in late modernist American culture
Title remainder
Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Bombaci
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Freaks in Late Modernist American Culture explores the emergence of what Nancy Bombaci terms "late modernist freakish aesthetics"--A creative fusion of "high" and "low" themes and forms in relation to distorted bodies. Literary and cinematic texts about "freaks" by Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers subvert and reinvent modern progress narratives in order to challenge high modernist literary and social ideologies. These works are marked by an acceptance of the disteleology, anarchy, and degeneration that racist discourses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries associated with racial and ethnic outsiders, particularly Jews
  • In a period of American culture beset with increasing pressures for social and political conformity and with the threat of fascism from Europe, these late modernist narratives about "freaks" defy oppressive norms and values as they search for an anarchic and transformational creativity."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bombaci, Nancy
Dewey number
813/.5209112
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.M535
LC item number
B66 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern American literature,
Series volume
v. 47
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  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Difference (Psychology) in literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • American fiction
  • West, Nathanael
  • Barnes, Djuna
  • Browning, Tod
  • McCullers, Carson
Label
Freaks in late modernist American culture : Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers, Nancy Bombaci
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-172) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Degeneration, anti-semitism, and the enfreakment of modernism -- Nathanael West's aspiring freakish flâneurs -- "Well of course, I used to be absolutely gorgeous dear": the female interviewer as subject/object in Djuna Barnes' journalism -- Heredity, transvestism, and the limits of self-fashioning in Nightwood -- Horror, melodrama, and mutable masculine identity in Tod Browning's films -- Louis B. Mayer and the threat of mutable masculine identity -- "This thing I long for I know not what" : Carson McCullers and the melodrama of the domesticated freak -- Conclusion : deviance, defiance, and the problem of "weirdness."
Control code
57134463
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780820478326
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004027475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Freaks in late modernist American culture : Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers, Nancy Bombaci
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-172) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Degeneration, anti-semitism, and the enfreakment of modernism -- Nathanael West's aspiring freakish flâneurs -- "Well of course, I used to be absolutely gorgeous dear": the female interviewer as subject/object in Djuna Barnes' journalism -- Heredity, transvestism, and the limits of self-fashioning in Nightwood -- Horror, melodrama, and mutable masculine identity in Tod Browning's films -- Louis B. Mayer and the threat of mutable masculine identity -- "This thing I long for I know not what" : Carson McCullers and the melodrama of the domesticated freak -- Conclusion : deviance, defiance, and the problem of "weirdness."
Control code
57134463
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780820478326
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004027475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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