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Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Women, the Farm, and the Best-seller

Janet Galligani Casey

in A New Heartland: Women, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195338959
eISBN:
9780199867103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338959.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter demonstrates the ways in which women’s rural fiction was heavily implicated in conversations about the encroachment of middlebrow culture, and discusses the remarkable popularity of ... More


A Ferber Plot

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Author Edna Ferber's inspiration and research methods while writing Show Boat are put in context with the vogue for Negro spirituals in 1920s Manhattan. The plot of the novel is situated within ... More


The New American History: Cimarron, 1931

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the 1931 historical film Cimarron. This film was based on Edna Ferber's novel and it was directed by Wesley Ruggles. This chapter suggests that this film pioneered a technique ... More


A Concoction: Come and Get It (1936)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter narrates the tangled history of the film Come and Get It. Having firing its original director (Howard Hawks), Samuel Goldwyn legally forced Wyler to finish the picture, which he ... More


Introduction: Magnolia’s Black Voice

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0000
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The defining aspect of Edna Ferber's heroine Magnolia in the 1926 novel Show Boat was the phenomenon of a white girl singing with a black voice. The introduction locates Ferber's narrative within the ... More


Ladies and Gentlemen

Allan Metcalf

in The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190669201
eISBN:
9780190060794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190669201.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

In the 20th century, “guys” continued its expansion, becoming less particular as it grew more general. This chapter illustrates this development with many examples. At first there are a few outliers ... More


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