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Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s The God-Seeker

Albert H. Tricomi

in Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035451
eISBN:
9780813039640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035451.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on Sinclair Lewis's novel The God-Seeker and seeks to clarify how it is a retrospective assessment of America being a missionary nation advancing religious and political beliefs. ... More


Power

Michael J. Lansing

in Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226283500
eISBN:
9780226283647
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226283647.003.0004
Subject:
History, Political History

The NPL gained control of all three branches of government in North Dakota in 1918. In Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Idaho, Leaguers pointed to the establishment of a state-owned flour mill, ... More


The Morning and the Evening Star: Religion, Money, and Love in Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt and Elmer Gantry

Martha C. Nussbaum

in Power, Prose, and Purse: Law, Literature, and Economic Transformations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190873455
eISBN:
9780190873486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873455.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Freud said that Americans are immature because they channel their libido into moneymaking. In Babbitt (1922), Sinclair Lewis seems to agree. It is generally thought that his 1927 novel, Elmer Gantry, ... More


OF POLITICS AND PROSE

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

in Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195072389
eISBN:
9780199787982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

With Mencken's acerbic column and a new staff, the Baltimore Sun becomes a leading chronicler of national news. Mencken took great pleasure in covering politics, but his reputation as a catalyst in ... More


The Wyler Touch: Dodsworth (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/9780813142098.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter contains a production history and analysis of Wyler's second film for Goldwyn, Dodsworth. It discusses the various script versions (by a number of different writers), Sidney Howard's ... More


The Demise of Protestant Moral Reform Politics

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

In the 1920s the Watch and Ward Society suddenly and dramatically lost its role as custodian of morally acceptable literature. In the early 1920s the organization enjoyed a string of victories, ... More


Haptic Modernism

Abbie Garrington

in Haptic Modernism: Touch and the Tactile in Modernist Writing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748641741
eISBN:
9780748689118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641741.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This opening chapter begins with a reading of hand depictions in Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt (1922), spinning off to consider the representation and importance of manicures and manicurists in modernist ... More


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