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Bifurcated Nature in Mary McCarthy’s Birds of America

Sarah Daw

in Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474430029
eISBN:
9781474453783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter Five takes the temporal range of the book beyond the publication of Silent Spring, through analysis of the writing of Nature by the critic and novelist Mary McCarthy. The chapter reveals the ... More


Introduction

Alan Ackerman

in Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300167122
eISBN:
9780300171808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300167122.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter presents an introduction to the libel suit that author Lillian Hellman filed in 1980 against critic Mary McCarthy, who said on The Dick Cavett Show that every word Hellman wrote was a ... More


Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America

Alan Ackerman

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300167122
eISBN:
9780300171808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300167122.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Showin 1980, the critic Mary McCarthy glibly remarked that every word author Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, “including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” Hellman immediately ... More


Mary McCarthy’s Field Guide to U.S. Intellectuals: Tradition and Modernization Theory in Birds of America

Stephen Schryer

in Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157575
eISBN:
9780231527477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Mary McCarthy's critique of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, which is reflected in her novel Birds of America. The novel describes the maturation and disillusionment of ... More


The Sacrificial Logic of the Asian Cold War: Greene’s The Quiet American and McCarthy’s The Seventeenth Degree

Adam Piette

in The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635276
eISBN:
9780748651771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter takes a look at the Asian Cold War. It studies Graham Greene's The Quiet American, which is often praised for its insight into the American involvement in Indochina. It also considers ... More


Reading as Imitation

Merve Emre

in Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226473833
eISBN:
9780226474021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226474021.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

How might one learn to speak like a work of fiction? Chapter One approaches the question of literary imitation through the lens of women’s colleges, where students like Mary McCarthy and Jacqueline ... More


Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil

Deborah Nelson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226457772
eISBN:
9780226457949
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457949.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book identifies Diane Arbus, Hannah Arendt, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, and Simone Weil as a counter tradition of unsentimental writing and art that stands between the cultures of ... More


Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature

Sarah Daw

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474430029
eISBN:
9781474453783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Writing Nature is the first full-length ecocritical study of Cold War American literature. The book analyses the function and representation of Nature in a wide range of Cold War texts, and reveals ... More


Memory in the Literary Memoir

Jr. John Burt Foster

in The Memory Process: Neuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014571
eISBN:
9780262289672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.003.0015
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

This chapter considers a range of specimen passages, written in the early and mid-twentieth century, from memoirs by poet and playwright William Butler Yeats and by novelists Vladimir Nabokov and ... More


Conflicting Identities

Doris Kadish

in The Secular Rabbi: Philip Rahv and Partisan Review

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800859661
eISBN:
9781800852280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800859661.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter traces Rahv’s role in forming the canon of 20th century Jewish writing: to use his words, works by writers of Jewish descent. It considers his championing of Franz Kafka, Isaac Bashevis ... More


Fixing and Fictioning: Memory and Catholicism in Vertigo

Jeana DelRosso

in Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262274
eISBN:
9780823266418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262274.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Jeana DelRosso’s essay addresses the subversion of memory, fact, and history in DeSalvo’s work vis-à-vis the writings of contemporary Catholic women memoirists—exemplified here by Mary McCarthy and ... More


Conclusion

Doris Kadish

in The Secular Rabbi: Philip Rahv and Partisan Review

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800859661
eISBN:
9781800852280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800859661.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This concluding chapter summarizes the meaning of Jewishness in Rahv’s life and work. It traces his religious attitudes back to the familial conflicts of his youth as well as to his reading of Marx. ... More


The New York Intellectuals in Fiction

Alan M. Wald

in New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469635941
eISBN:
9781469635965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635941.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The problematic relationship of literature to ideology is discussed, especially in light of the Marxist criticism of Terry Eagleton as against the pragmatist thinking to which many intellectuals were ... More


Music and the Cold War

Vincent Giroud

in Nicolas Nabokov: A Life in Freedom and Music

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199399895
eISBN:
9780199399932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399895.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Back in America, Nabokov married his third wife, Patricia Blake, and in 1947 helped with the creation of the Russian section of Voice of America. That winter he accompanied Balanchine to Hollywood to ... More


A Sordid, Futureless Mess?: Love in Hard Times

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/9780198847731.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The first part of the chapter surveys how love fared in the film and literary fiction of the period, including the scandalous pre-Code film Baby Face, John O’Hara’s BUtterfield 8, and Mary McCarthy’s ... More


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