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ERIC Number: EJ783785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Reviving the Thirties: The Case for Teaching Proletarian Fiction in the Undergraduate American Literature Classroom
Casey, Janet Galligani
College English, v70 n3 p233-248 Jan 2008
Undergraduate literature courses tend to neglect American fiction of the 1930s, especially the proletarian novel. Disregard of this particular genre is often based on the assumption that it emphasized a crude Marxist realism opposed to aesthetic modernism. Various examples of the genre are, in fact, worth teaching, especially because they do not fall simply into either camp. Such texts include John Dos Passos's "USA" trilogy and Fielding Burke's novel "Call Home the Heart." (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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