By Sara Rutkowski
The first book-length literary research of the WPA’s Federal Writers’ undertaking (FWP)—a vast New Deal application that positioned millions to paintings documenting the rustic in the course of the melancholy. Drawing on severe histories, archival files, and choose works of fiction, the e-book examines the character and heritage of the FWP’s documentary technique and its literary imprint, rather on 3 key black American writers: Ralph Ellison, Dorothy West, and Margaret Walker. through aiming their documentary lenses so accurately on person voices, folklore, and cultural groups, FWP writers could finally eschew the social realism of thirties tradition in prefer of issues surrounding own and cultural identities within the postwar era. This concise quantity demonstrates how the FWP served as a repository from which some of the such a lot valuable 20th century writers drew fabric, concepts, and philosophical course in ways in which may aid steer the process American writing.
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Literary Legacies of the Federal Writers’ Project: Voices of the Depression in the American Postwar Era (American Literature Readings in the 21st Century) by Sara Rutkowski