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Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association

Jonathan W. Gray

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036491
eISBN:
9781621030539
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036491.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The statement, “The Civil Rights Movement changed America,” though true, has become something of a cliche. This book seeks to determine how, exactly, the Civil Rights Movement changed the literary ... More


Chessman’s Ghost (1960–1974)

Theodore Hamm

in Rebel and a Cause: Caryl Chessman and the Politics of the Death Penalty in Postwar California, 1948-1974

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520224278
eISBN:
9780520925236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520224278.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

On May 3, 1960, it was was declared that Chessman would be executed on the same day. Many people were against it and blamed the United States for this decision. He was executed in the gas chamber at ... More


Literature

Peter Knight

in The Kennedy Assassination

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624102
eISBN:
9780748671199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624102.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Postwar American novelists Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer, and James Ellroy have all been haunted by the Kennedy assassination and each has found in the event an emblematic story for the nation. This ... More


Norman Mailer’s: The Armies of the Night

Tom Piazza

in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159319
eISBN:
9780231500586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159319.003.0018
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History, by Norman Mailer. First published in 1968, The Armies of the Night is a journalistic mock epic of the ... More


Mailer's Sound

Phil Ford

in Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199939916
eISBN:
9780199354467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939916.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

In “The White Negro,” Norman Mailer gave hipness a philosophy and a manifesto. Mailer, along with many other figures in the 20th-century avant garde, believed that sound not only represents but ... More


The Apocalyptic Hipster: “The White Negro” and Norman Mailer’s Achievement of style

Jonathan W. Gray

in Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036491
eISBN:
9781621030539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036491.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses how Robert Penn Warren attempted to reconcile the contradictions between southern deed and the American creed. Norman Mailer was, in many ways, the antithesis of Robert Penn ... More


The Dreaded Voyage Into The World: Nomadic Ethics

Arthur Redding

in Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730050
eISBN:
9781604733266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730050.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter revisits the problem of postwar solitude, which has been discussed thus far as a problem of a distinctly masculine quest for productive ways to produce, perform, and publicly certify ... More


American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature

William Blazek and Michael K. Glenday (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237365
eISBN:
9781846312540
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312540
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In its more than three decades of existence, the discipline of American studies has been reliably unreliable, its boundaries and assumptions forever shifting as it continuously repositions itself to ... More


Punching Through the Pasteboard Masks: American Existentialism

George Cotkin

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines how American intellectuals such as Norman Mailer critiqued the narrowness of the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism in their existentially tinged works, often while ... More


On the Nihilism of WASPs: Norman Mailer in NASA-Land

Matthew D. Tribbe

in No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199313525
eISBN:
9780199385515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313525.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Norman Mailer was the most renowned author to write a book on the Apollo 11 moon landing. After visiting the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston and attending the launch in Florida, he wrote three ... More


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