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

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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

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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 American Newness

Culture and Politics in the Age of Emerson

Author: Irving Howe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674182677


Page: 112

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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.

The Real American Dream

A Meditation on Hope

Author: Andrew DELBANCO

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674034163

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 1153

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.

Tiger Writing

Author: Gish Jen

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674072839

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 201

View: 6332

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.


Author: John Demos

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674013247

Category: History

Page: 98

View: 6969

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.

Writing Was Everything

Author: Alfred Kazin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674417410

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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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."


The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America

Author: Lawrence W. LEVINE

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674040139

Category: History

Page: 320

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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: 2161

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.

Playing in the Dark

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307388638

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

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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

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: 8345

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: 9780674212664

Category: Law

Page: 167

View: 6406

Argues that civil disobedience is necessary to the progress and prosperity of a democracy

Mississippi Writers

An Anthology

Author: Dorothy Abbott

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878054794

Category: Fiction

Page: 519

View: 6244

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

To Be the Poet

Author: Maxine Hong Kingston

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674039637

Category: Poetry

Page: 111

View: 507

I have almost finished my longbook, Maxine Hong Kingston declares. "Let my life as Poet begin...I won't be a workhorse anymore; I'll be a skylark." To Be the Poet is Kingston's manifesto, the avowal and declaration of a writer who has devoted a good part of her sixty years to writing prose, and who, over the course of this spirited and inspiring book, works out what the rest of her life will be, in poetry.

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Author: Greil Marcus

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 067491533X

Category: Music

Page: 176

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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.

One Writer's Beginnings

Author: Eudora Welty

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674639270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

View: 2653

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South.

Architecture as signs and systems

for a mannerist time

Author: Robert Venturi,Denise Scott Brown

Publisher: Belknap Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 251

View: 5530

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 Girl at the Baggage Claim

Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

Author: Gish Jen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101972068

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 6276

A personal, provocative, informative, and entertaining study of the different idea Asians and Westerners have of the self and how this plays out in our differing approaches to art, learning, politics, business, and almost everything else

God Land

Reflections on Religion and Nationalism

Author: Conor Cruise O'Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674330160


Page: 112

View: 7775


The Origin of Others

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674976452

Category: History

Page: 114

View: 4962

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.