Against The American Grain: Essays Of The Effects Of Mass Culture - PDF free download eBook

Cover of Against The American Grain: Essays Of The Effects Of Mass Culture
  • Verified: Mon, Jun 17, 2019
  • Published: 07.01.2019
  • Views: 8
    • Tags:

Introduction

Dwight Macdonald focuses on the American pursuit of culture & its ambiguous results. The usual approach to mass culture has been sociological; Macdonald turns to the subject as a man of...

read more

Details of Against The American Grain: Essays Of The Effects Of Mass Culture

Original Title
Against The American Grain: Essays Of The Effects Of Mass Culture
ISBN13
9780306802058
First Published
1962 year
Edition Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
427 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

Some brief overview of this book

Dwight Macdonald focuses on the American pursuit of culture & its ambiguous results. The usual approach to mass culture has been sociological; Macdonald turns to the subject as a man of letters. "I am concerned not so much with the dead sea of masscult", he writes, "as with the life of the tide line where the decisive struggles for survival take place between higher &a Dwight Macdonald focuses on the American pursuit of culture & its ambiguous results.

The usual approach to mass culture has been sociological; Macdonald turns to the subject as a man of letters. "I am concerned not so much with the dead sea of masscult", he writes, "as with the life of the tide line where the decisive struggles for survival take place between higher & lower organisms". In trying to level down the best, Macdonald argues, our democratic society has usually succeeded in leveling up the worst, so that high & low culture merge in a swampy middleground where 2nd-rate writers are acclaimed as geniuses, 1st-rate writers retreat into private worlds & the language itself begins to decompose.

Against the American Grain ranges over many topics: new versions of the Bible; the careers of such heroes & victims of modern culture as Mark Twain, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway & James Agee; the national obsession with facts & how-to-do-it books; the 50 volumes of Great Books of the Western World; the new unabridged dictionary; the superiority of English "amateur journalism" to our own professionalized & compartmentalized kind; the sudden inflation & subsequent deflation of such highbrow best sellers as By Love Possessed & The Outsider; & the decline of the English language. It's a conservative & in some ways reactionary book whose thesis may be summed up in its author's words: "A people which loses contact with its past becomes culturally psychotic". It brings together the major essays that Dwight Macdonald wrote from 1952-62.

Sites and services that store files may require registration and other conditions for access to downloading and reading electronic books.

All downloaded files are checked. Virus and adware free. Previously, our system checked the all ebook's files for viruses. The results of our verification:

 Google Safe Browsing APINorton Internet SecurityAVG Internet Security
against_american_grain_essays.pdf
against_american_grain_essays.epub
against_american_grain_essays_all.zip