American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Literary Legacies of the Federal Writers’ Project

Voices of the Depression in the American Postwar Era

Authors: Rutkowski, Sara

  • Fills a critical scholarly void, representing the first full-length study of the Federal Writers’ Project and its impactPores over an abundance of archival research, including historical documents and manuscriptsFeatures writers Ralph Ellison and Nelson Algren to showcase the larger impact of the Federal Writers’ Project

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About this book

The first book-length literary analysis of the WPA’s Federal Writers’ Project (FWP)—a massive New Deal program that put thousands to work documenting the country during the Depression. Drawing on critical histories, archival documents, and select works of fiction, the book examines the nature and history of the FWP’s documentary method and its literary imprint, particularly on three key black American writers: Ralph Ellison, Dorothy West, and Margaret Walker. By aiming their documentary lenses so precisely on individual voices, folklore, and cultural communities, FWP writers would ultimately eschew the social realism of thirties culture in favor of themes surrounding personal and cultural identities in the postwar era. This concise volume demonstrates how the FWP served as a repository from which many of the most treasured 20th century writers drew material, techniques, and philosophical direction in ways that would help steer the course of American writing.


About the authors

Sara Rutkowski is Professor of Literature and Writing at the City University of New York: Kingsborough Community College.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Literary Venture, Sidestepped

    Rutkowski, Sara

    Pages 1-8

  • Pioneering a New Literary Form

    Rutkowski, Sara

    Pages 9-15

  • From Politics to Personalism: A Historical Perspective

    Rutkowski, Sara

    Pages 17-29

  • Ralph Ellison: Capturing the Idiom

    Rutkowski, Sara

    Pages 31-58

  • Beyond Hurston and Wright; Toward West and Walker

    Rutkowski, Sara

    Pages 59-80

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53777-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53776-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Legacies of the Federal Writers’ Project
Book Subtitle
Voices of the Depression in the American Postwar Era
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53777-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53777-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53776-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 110
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