Surface and depth : the quest for legibility in American culture / Michael T. Gilmore.

The idea of a common American culture is in retreat; arguments emphasizing difference have discredited the grand synthetic studies that marginalized groups and perspectives at odds with the master narrative. This work is an attempt to revitalize an interpretive overview.

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Main Author: Gilmore, Michael T.
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Language:English
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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505 0 |a Prologue: Freud's night out -- Three foundational documents and their indelibility -- Majoritarian and racial tyranny: Tocquevill and Beaumont -- Popular forms : Cooper and the western ; Poe and the detective story ; Fanny Fern and the celebrity novel -- The nineteenth-century canon: hidden in plain sight : The scarlet letter ; Melville's Moby-dick ; Thoreau's Walden ; James's The American -- Freud and film redux -- Twentieth-century classics and new technologies of legibility : Wharton's Summer ; Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby as a "modernist" western ; Hemingway's The sun also rises -- Race/erasure: Douglass to Roth -- Equivocal epilogue: total visibility in utopia and dystopia. 
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