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The Potemkin Village Dilemma

Michael David-Fox

in Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921–1941

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199794577
eISBN:
9780199932245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794577.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter provides an archivally based account of the “sites of communism” or Soviet model institutions and the methods used to display them to foreign visitors in the USSR in the interwar period. ... More


A World Full of Fists

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Literary naturalists unearthed sobering new facts about contemporary American life. By exposing the comfortable to the reality of violent households and repulsive persons, they reminded readers that ... More


Theodore Dreiser on Monogamy, Varietism, and “This Matter of Marriage, Now”

Clare Virginia Eby

in Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226085661
eISBN:
9780226085975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226085975.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Theodore Dreiser’s portrayal of marriage in The “Genius” (1915), inspired by his marriage to Sara White, is both scabrous and infamous. An anti-vice campaign to suppress the novel inspired a ... More


“The Magnet Attracting”: Dreiser's Literary Style

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640492
eISBN:
9780748652129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes the literary style of Theodore Dreiser, focusing on his novel Carrie. Despite much criticism on the writing style of Dreiser, this novel was praised for its unsparing realism ... More


Wavering in Delight: Time, Progress, and the Turn of the Century in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie

Myrto Drizou

in American Literary History and the Turn toward Modernity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056043
eISBN:
9780813053813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056043.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In this chapter, Drizou argues that Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie (1900) questions the rationalization of modern progress by depicting the turn of the century as a moment that wavers between ... More


Dreiser, Eisenstein and Upton Sinclair

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/UPO9781846315190.009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of Theodore Dreiser's interest in cinema, and then considers Sergei Eisenstein's film adaptation of An American Tragedy, which was praised by Dreiser but ... More


ROUND ONE!

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/9780195072389.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Mencken's penchant for battling with reformers took on a new stand when he launched a public outcry against the censorship of The Genius by Theodore Dresier. Together, Mencken and Dreiser were viewed ... More


Performing the Accident on Purpose

Theodore Dreiser and James Cain

in Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775359
eISBN:
9780804778459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775359.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In the early twentieth century, insurance crime emerged as a social phenomenon that signals not only a sociological shift in criminality but also indicates a radical change in thinking about the ... More


“Got Over”: The Chorus Girl Novel and the Musical Stage

T. Austin Graham

in The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199862115
eISBN:
9780199332748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862115.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter studies a subgenre of fiction termed “the chorus girl novel.” Such novels, among them Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie and John Dos Passos' Manhattan Transfer, depict lowly heroines who ... More


IN THE CRUCIBLE

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/9780195072389.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on Mencken's close relationship with his mother, Anna Mencken, and his depression following her untimely death. It also heralds the break of his friendship with Theodore Dreiser.


Sexual Anti-Semitism and Pornotopia: Theodore Dreiser, Ludwig Lewisohn, and The Harrad Experiment

Josh Lambert

in Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479876433
eISBN:
9781479851584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479876433.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines why, in the decades after World War II, writers began to understand the explicit representation of sexuality and the embrace of sexual pleasure as effective strategies to ... 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


FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

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/9780195072389.003.0050
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The deaths of Mencken's friends, among them Edgar Lee Masters, Theodore Dreiser, and Joseph Hergesheimer left him free to seek out the company of other standbys: his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, and ... More


The American Scene II: Carrie (1952)

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/9780813142098.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter chronicles the stormy history of Carrie, Wyler's film version of Theodore Dreiser's classic novel Sister Carrie. Also discussed is an early script version written by playwright Clifford ... More


Journalism and the Urban Novel

Betsy Klimasmith

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter explores the relationship between journalism and literary realism in the United States, with particular reference to the urban novel. Citing the careers of Theodore Dreiser, Stephen ... More


Limited Poetic Liability

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism and the Meaning of Corporate Persons

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198868873
eISBN:
9780191905339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198868873.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Of all the corporate person’s vital qualities, the most powerful and contentious was limited liability: the rule that a corporation’s shareholders cannot be held responsible for more than the value ... More


Eighteen. Striking Out

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Schuman had contemplated writing an opera early in his career as a composer. This chapter explores some of the projects Schuman considered, especially a partnership in 1942 with poet Christopher ... More


American Stoic

Douglas G. Baird

in American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199331376
eISBN:
9780199394258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331376.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

The Second Industrial Revolution brought with it enterprises on a scale previously unimagined. In the United States, a small handful of individuals came to lord it over a few key industries. These ... More


Vital Reserves Revisited: The Energies of the Social Body

Andrew Lyndon Knighton

in Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748909
eISBN:
9780814748916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748909.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores a range of geographical, economic, and corporeal reconsiderations of the discourse of exhaustion at the turn of the century. In particular, it examines debates that construct an ... More


Broadway Bound

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Hopkins first Broadway job is as a chorus girl in Irving Berlin’s The Music Box Revue. She goes between vaudeville shows until she lands Little Jessie James, where she receives good notices. After ... More


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