Voices of Persuasion by Michael E. StaubVoices of Persuasion by Michael E. Staub

Voices of Persuasion

byMichael E. Staub

Paperback | June 11, 2009

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In this innovative study, Michael Staub recasts 1930s cultural history by analyzing those genres characteristic of the Depression era: Staub argues that several thirties writers were aware of the ambiguousness of historical truth, and the impossibility of representing reality without being complicitous in its distortion. New interpretations of such canonized authors as James Agee, John Dos Passos, Zora Neale Hurston, John G. Neihardt, and Tillie Olson are coupled with critical discussions of previously little-known works of ethnography, journalism, oral history and polemical fiction.
Title:Voices of PersuasionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:June 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521111943

ISBN - 13:9780521111942

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Spoken testimony, Unwritten History; 2. You won't hear it nicely John Dos Passos and James Agee; 3. Telling native American history John Neihardt, William Benson and Ruth Underhill; 4. Talking black, talking back Zora Neale Hurston; 5. Giving the people voice Tillie Olsen and the Communist Press; Notes; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"...offers subtle and persuasive readings that substantially expand our appreciation of the sophistication of 1930s documentary writing. It is indispensable reading for anyone engaged in current revisionary work on Depression-era culture." Barbara Foley, American Literature