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James Agee and the Southern Superreal

Lindsey A. Freeman

in Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469631677
eISBN:
9781469631691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631677.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Southern superrealism is not yet a canonized art movement, nor is it a social science. It has no self-appointed leaders or manifestos, no museum retrospectives, no scholarly journals, and it has not ... More


From the Division of Labor to the Discovery of the Common: James Agee and Walker Evans's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Emily Sun

in Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232802
eISBN:
9780823241163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232802.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has been reissued several times, appearing in 2005 as a volume in the prestigious Library of America series. It turned out to not to be the work the editors at Fortune ... More


On the Clock: Rewriting Literary Work at Time Inc.

Donal Harris

in On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231177726
eISBN:
9780231541343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Time Inc., at one time the largest media conglomerate in the world, invented the “poet-reporter” by strategically hiring modernist authors to develop its uniformly stylish periodical voice. In ... More


The Power of What Is Not There: James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Stuart Burrows

in On Writing with Photography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674695
eISBN:
9781452947518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674695.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter talks about James Agee’s photo-text Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a study that focused on three “sharecropper” families in Alabama. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men translates into words the ... More


The Art of Inequality: Then and Now

Walter Benn Michaels

in The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226210261
eISBN:
9780226210438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226210438.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

The “then” part of this chapter compares the social order of the world imagined by the photographs of August Sander with those imagined by James Agee and Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men ... More


Documentary of the 1930s

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the incorporation of documentary techniques in writing of the thirties. It examines the work of Eudora Welty, a writer who cross-applied photographic and cinematic methods in ... More


James Agee’s: Let us Now Praise Famous Men

Dale Maharidge

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/9780231159319.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), by James Agee and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men explores the daily lives of Alabama sharecroppers during the Great ... More


James Agee: All There and Primed to Go Off

David Bordwell

in The Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226352176
eISBN:
9780226352343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226352343.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

A poet and novelist, Agee brought a literary sensibility to film journalism. His Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, an unorthodox piece of reportage, had brought him some notice, but his reviews for THE ... More


Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics

Emily Sun

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232802
eISBN:
9780823241163
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232802.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book investigates Shakespeare's King Lear and its originative power in modern literature with specific attention to the early work of English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and to the American ... More


Awe: Toward a Depression Sublime

John Marsh

in The Emotional Life of the Great Depression

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198847731
eISBN:
9780191882425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847731.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

By awe, philosophers and psychologists mean the sensation that overcomes someone in the presence of something simultaneously vast, powerful, and, when compared to humans, strangely humbling. The ... More


Protesting the Privilege of Perception: Resistance to Documentary Work in Hale County, Alabama, 1900–2010

Scott L. Matthews

in Capturing the South: Imagining America's Most Documented Region

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646459
eISBN:
9781469646473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646459.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores how Hale County, Alabama became an iconic site of documentary representation during the twentieth century and why some its poor black and white residents resisted the attempts ... More


Seeing Stein’s Masculinity

Chris Coffman

in Gertrude Stein's Transmasculinity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474438094
eISBN:
9781474449694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438094.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

“Seeing Stein’s Masculinity” analyses the shifting significance of visual images of and written texts about Stein. Driven by recent reinterpretations of Jacques Lacan’s theory of the gaze, this ... More


The Little Play That Could

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn: American Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813129761
eISBN:
9780813135502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When James Rufus Agee died in the back of a taxicab in 1955, an unfinished semiautobiographical manuscript entitled A Death in the Family, which was about his father, was found on his desk. Agee had ... More


Leaving Ends the Love

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0013
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter considers nursing as a kind of love, one that ends when the patients leave; in other words, leaving ends the love. Focusing on James Agee's book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, it reflects ... More


The Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

David Bordwell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226352176
eISBN:
9780226352343
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226352343.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Four American film critics of the 1940s—Otis Ferguson, James Agee, Manny Farber, and Parker Tyler—changed the way Hollywood cinema was understood. They also wrote idiosyncratic, multi-flavored prose ... More


Introduction

Emily Sun

in Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232802
eISBN:
9780823241163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232802.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book investigates Shakespeare's King Lear and its originative force in modern literature, with specific attention to the early work of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and to James ... More


Introduction: An Agile Mind—The Many Stands of Preston Sturges

Jeff Jaeckle

in Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474406550
eISBN:
9781474416146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter challenges the reining views of Sturges as an ambivalent figure torn between art and commerce, especially as promulgated in popular writings by James Agee; instead, the chapter proposes ... More


The Horizon

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter reflects on the ability of nurses to see the “horizon.” It first considers how James Agee conveys the lives of the tenant farmers by description. Agee experiences beauty, dignity, ... More


The Miracle and Bosley Crowther

RAYMOND J. HABERSKI

in Freedom to Offend: How New York Remade Movie Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124292
eISBN:
9780813134918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124292.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Bosley Crowther, the only critic during the postwar era who had the power to make or break a picture, especially a foreign film. However, the main legacy of Bosley Crowther was ... More


The Rhapsodes

David Bordwell

in The Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226352176
eISBN:
9780226352343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226352343.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Four major American critics of the 1940s brought a new verve to film criticism. Writers for large-circulation intellectual weeklies, they were able to propose vigorous new ideas about American ... More


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