Just a Journalist

On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between
Author: Linda Greenhouse
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674981871
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 192
View: 3764
A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse trains an autobiographical lens on a moment of transition in U.S. journalism. Calling herself “an accidental activist,” she raises urgent questions about the role of journalists as citizens and participants in the world around them.

Reporting the Universe

Author: E. L. Doctorow
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674004610
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 125
View: 4206
Filled with philosophical musings and personal observations, this fiction writerÆs take on the universe combines memoir with science to explore the American consciousness and experience. (Literature)

The Southern Tradition

The Achievement and Limitations of an American Conservatism
Author: Eugene D. Genovese
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674825277
Category: History
Page: 138
View: 3901
As much a work of political and moral philosophy as one of history, The Southern Tradition offers an in-depth look at the tenets and attitudes of the Southern-conservative worldview. Opening a powerful new perspective on today's politics, Eugene D. Genovese traces a distinct type of conservatism to its sources in Southern tradition.

The American Newness

Culture and Politics in the Age of Emerson
Author: Irving Howe
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780674182677
Page: 112
View: 6485
What is the Emersonian spirit? What inspired it, what propelled it? And what does it mean to us today? Howe lays before us the intellectual and personal tragedy of the first great American man of letters, yet also shows that Emerson's belief in the untapped power of free men pervades not only the lives and works of his contemporaries but is also a permanent part of the American psyche.

Writing Was Everything

Author: Alfred Kazin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674417410
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 6040
A deft blend of autobiography, history, and criticism, Writing Was Everything emerges as a reaffirmation of literature in an age of deconstruction and critical dogma. It stands as clear testimony to Kazin's belief that "literature is not theory but, at best, the value we can give to our experience, which in our century has been and remains beyond the imagination of mankind."

One Writer's Beginnings

Author: Eudora Welty
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674639270
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 104
View: 3314
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South.


The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America
Author: Lawrence W. LEVINE
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674040139
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 2838

The Real American Dream

A Meditation on Hope
Author: Andrew DELBANCO
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674034163
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 5412
Since we discovered that, in Tocqueville's words, "the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy the heart," how have we Americans made do? In "The Real American Dream" one of the nation's premier literary scholars searches out the symbols and stories by which Americans have reached for something beyond worldly desire. A spiritual history ranging from the first English settlements to the present day, the book is also a lively, deeply learned meditation on hope. Andrew Delbanco tells of the stringent God of Protestant Christianity, who exerted immense force over the language, institutions, and customs of the culture for nearly 200 years. He describes the falling away of this God and the rise of the idea of a sacred nation-state. And, finally, he speaks of our own moment, when symbols of nationalism are in decline, leaving us with nothing to satisfy the longing for transcendence once sustained by God and nation. From the Christian story that expressed the earliest Puritan yearnings to New Age spirituality, apocalyptic environmentalism, and the multicultural search for ancestral roots that divert our own, "The Real American Dream" evokes the tidal rhythm of American history. It shows how Americans have organized their days and ordered their lives--and ultimately created a culture--to make sense of the pain, desire, pleasure, and fear that are the stuff of human experience. In a time of cultural crisis, when the old stories seem to be faltering, this book offers a lesson in the painstaking remaking of the American dream.


Author: John Demos
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674013247
Category: History
Page: 98
View: 9272
Their cyclical frame of reference was coming unmoored, giving way to a linear world view in early nineteenth-century America that is neatly captured by Kentucky doctor Daniel Drake's description of the chronography of his life."--BOOK JACKET.

Tiger Writing

Author: Gish Jen
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674072839
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 201
View: 2728
In three pieces originally delivered as special lectures, draws on the biography of the author's father as well as the evolution of her own work to contrast Western and Eastern ideas of self-narration and interdependency.

Reshaping the Work-Family Debate

Why Men and Class Matter
Author: Joan C. Williams
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674058836
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
View: 2381
The United States has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world. Contesting the idea that women need to negotiate better within the family, and redefining the notion of success in the workplace, Joan C. Williams reinvigorates the work-family debate and offers the first steps to making life manageable for all American families.


Author: Stephen L. Carter
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674029240
Category: Law
Page: 167
View: 3887
The Dissent of the Governed is a diagnosis of what ails the body politic - the unwillingness of people in power to hear disagreement unless forced to - and a prescription for a new process of response. Carter examines the divided American political character on dissent, with special reference to religion, identifying it in unexpected places, with an eye toward amending it before it destroys our democracy. At the heart of this work is a rereading of the Declaration of Independence that puts dissent, not consent, at the center of the question of the legitimacy of democratic government. Carter warns that our liberal constitutional ethos - the tendency to assume that the nation must everywhere be morally the same - pressures citizens to be other than themselves when being themselves would lead to disobedience. This tendency, he argues, is particularly hard on religious citizens whose notion of community may be quite different from that of the sovereign majority of citizens. With reference to a number of cases, Carter shows that disobedience is sometimes necessary to the heartbeat of our democracy - and that the distinction between challenging accepted norms and challenging the sovereign itself, a distinction crucial to the Declaration of Independence, must be kept alive if we are to progress and prosper as a nation.

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Author: Greil Marcus
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067491533X
Category: Music
Page: 176
View: 7097
Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we discover three different ways of talking about the United States, and three separate nations within its borders.

Mississippi Writers

An Anthology
Author: Dorothy Abbott
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780878054794
Category: Fiction
Page: 519
View: 8537
Gathers fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama by Mississippi authors, including William Falkner, Shelby Foote, Barry Hannah, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and Tennessee Williams

Playing in the Dark

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388638
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 112
View: 2308
The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review

Liberalism Divided

Freedom Of Speech And The Many Uses Of State Power
Author: Owen Fiss
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429978855
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
View: 4871

Architecture as signs and systems

for a mannerist time
Author: Robert Venturi,Denise Scott Brown
Publisher: Belknap Press
Category: Architecture
Page: 251
View: 9541
Two architectural theorists and designers look back over their influential professional careers, their dedication to broadening the view of the built world, and their iconoclastic vision of the future of architectural design, discovering signs and systems that point forward toward a humane Mannerist architecture.

The Origin of Others

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674976452
Category: History
Page: 114
View: 7036
What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date.

God Land

Reflections on Religion and Nationalism
Author: Conor Cruise O'Brien
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780674330160
Page: 112
View: 4724

Engaging Art

The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life
Author: Steven J. Tepper,Bill Ivey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135902593
Category: Art
Page: 408
View: 9409
Engaging Art explores what it means to participate in the arts in contemporary society – from museum attendance to music downloading. Drawing on the perspectives of experts from diverse fields (including Princeton scholars Robert Wuthnow and Paul DiMaggio; Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice; and MIT scholars Henry Jenkins and Mark Schuster), this volume analyzes key trends involving technology, audience demographics, religion, and the rise of "do-it-yourself" participatory culture. Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and independently carried out by the Curb Center at Vanderbilt University, Engaging Art offers a new framework for understanding the momentous changes impacting America’s cultural life over the past fifty years. This volume offers suggestive glimpses into the character and consequence of a new engagement with old-fashioned participation in the arts. The authors in this volume hint at a bright future for art and citizen art making. They argue that if we center a new commitment to arts participation in everyday art making, creativity, and quality of life, we will not only restore the lifelong pleasure of homemade art, but will likely seed a new generation of enthusiasts who will support America’s signature nonprofit cultural institutions well into the future.