The Harvest Gypsies

  • Filename: the-harvest-gypsies.
  • ISBN: 1890771619
  • Release Date: 2002-01-01
  • Number of pages: 62
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Publisher: Heyday

Collects seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers, squatters' camps and the Hoovervilles of California that the author wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, providing the factual foundation for the The Grapes of Wrath published three years later. Reissue.

From Good Ma to Welfare Queen

  • Filename: from-good-ma-to-welfare-queen.
  • ISBN: 0815336519
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 153
  • Author: Vivyan Campbell Adair
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

This study explores literary, photographic and cultural representations of poor American women in a Foucaldian genealogy. In tracing the inscription of the poor woman historically and across genres the author reveals the contours of the objectification of the poor woman/mother and offers a clear view of the processes through which interlocking systems of race, gender and class oppression have marked the bodies of its subjects in specific and purposeful ways, in order to reproduce privileged ideology and power. Through this exploration the connection between textual representation and social productions of the Real become startlingly apparent.

Essential Elements of Steinbeck

  • Filename: essential-elements-of-steinbeck.
  • ISBN: 9781462041794
  • Release Date: 2009-06-11
  • Number of pages: 140
  • Author: Thomas Fensch
  • Publisher: iUniverse

Essential Elements of Steinbeck . . . offers insights into five key aspects of John Steinbeck The complex relationship between John Steinbeck and his editor-publisher Pascal "Pat" Covici, who read Steinbeck's first three books, Cup of Gold, The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown, which all languished during the Depression. Covici published Steinbeck's fourth book Tortilla Flat, his first critical and commercial success. Steinbeck remained with Covici throughout his career, a relationship broken only by Covici's death, decades later. How Steinbeck will be forever linked with Monterey Bay, in Tortilla Flat and eventually Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday and how Steinbeck's portraits of the paisanos, originally thought to be merely eccentric bums, have become increasingly upsetting to modern critics. How a seven-part series of investigative articles about the migrants, which Steinbeck published in the now-defunct San Francisco News and which were included in The Grapes of Wrath as intercalary chapters, proved the validity of the novel and helped insure its place as the premier moral vision of the 1930s. How Steinbeck used the personality and philosophy of his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts in a wide variety of novels, including: In Dubious Battle; Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; The moon is Down; Cannery Row; Burning Bright; Sweet Thursday and in Steinbeck's classic short story, "The Snake." And, how Steinbeck knew, but could not prove, that the FBI had a file on him as early as 1942 and how a Steinbeck jab at "Edgar's boys," was kept in FBI files for decades. J. Edgar Hoover always denied that the FBI had a Steinbeck file, but it grew and grew and continued to grow even after Steinbeck's death. J. Edgar Hoover's denials of a Steinbeck investigation were, at the least disingenuous; at worst, a outright lie. Thomas Fensch has published three previous books on Steinbeck and has an international reputation in Steinbeck criticism.

Critical Companion to John Steinbeck

  • Filename: critical-companion-to-john-steinbeck.
  • ISBN: 9781438108506
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 417
  • Author: Jeffrey D. Schultz
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing

Celebrates the American writer who in his works confronted and explored the social fabric of the United States in the early 20th century. More than 500 entries include synopses of his novels, short stories, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, details about family, friends, and associates.

Witnesses to the Struggle

  • Filename: witnesses-to-the-struggle.
  • ISBN: 0874173051
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 239
  • Author: Anne Loftis
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press

Examines the relationship between art and journalism in the 1930s, and discusses how intellectuals strove to be relevant during this trying time by using their own involvement in labor struggles to influence their art.

Intimate Frontiers

  • Filename: intimate-frontiers.
  • ISBN: 0826319548
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 173
  • Author: Albert L. Hurtado
  • Publisher: UNM Press

This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender. Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the 1850s: "[Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue. Fortune was the horse, youth in the saddle, dissipation the track, and desire the spur." Not all the times were good or giddy, and in the tragedy of a teenage domestic who died in a botched abortion or a brutalized Indian woman we see the seamy underside of gender relations on the frontier. The other theme explored is the reaction of citizens who abhorred the loss of moral standards and sought to suppress excess. Their efforts included imposing all the stabilizing customs of whichever society dominated California--during the Hispanic period,arranged marriages and concern for family honor were the norm; among the Anglos, laws regulated prostitution,missionaries railed against vices, and "proper" women were brought in to help "civilize" the frontier.

Violet America

  • Filename: violet-america.
  • ISBN: 9781609381479
  • Release Date: 2013-04-05
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Jason Arthur
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Violet America takes on the long habit among literary historians and critics of thinking about large segments of American literary production in terms of regionalism. Jason Arthur argues that classifying broad swaths of American literature as regionalist or “local color” writing brings with it a set of assumptions, informed by longstanding habits of thought about American culture, that marginalize important literary works and deform our understanding of them. Moreover, these assumptions reinforce our ideas about the divisions between city and country, coast and center, cosmopolitan and provincial that lie behind not only our literature, but our politics. Against this common view, Violet America demonstrates just how cosmopolitan the regional impulse can be. In the works of James Agee, Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Russell Banks, and Jonathan Franzen, the regional impulse yields narratives about the interdependence between privilege and poverty, mainstream and margin, urban and rural. These narratives counteract the polarizing cultural lens that, when unquestioned, sees the red-state/blue-state geography of twenty-first-century America as natural. Tracking the evolution of this impulse to depolarize, Violet America develops a literary history of “regional cosmopolitanism,” a key urge of which is to represent the interconnectedness of the local, the national, and the global. Writers incorporating this perspective redress the blight of America’s neglected places and peoples without also falling victim to the stigmas of being purely regional in their scope and interest. Rather than simply celebrating regional difference, the regional cosmopolitan fiction that Arthur discusses blends the nation’s cultural polarities into a connected, interdependent America.

Homelessness A Documentary and Reference Guide

  • Filename: homelessness-a-documentary-and-reference-guide.
  • ISBN: 9780313377013
  • Release Date: 2012-01-16
  • Number of pages: 389
  • Author: Neil Larry Shumsky
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

This book presents an unflinching investigation of homelessness in the United States—a problem that has been with us since the arrival of the first English settlers nearly 400 years ago. • Primary documents, including government reports, selections from novels, historical photographs, personal reminiscences, and more • Dozens of illustrative photographs • Subject-specific bibliographies • A guide to relevant reference materials

Nature Class and New Deal Literature

  • Filename: nature-class-and-new-deal-literature.
  • ISBN: 9781136632280
  • Release Date: 2011-08-22
  • Number of pages: 244
  • Author: Professor of American Studies and Director Postgraduate Centre in the Humanities School of English and American Studies Stephen Fender
  • Publisher: Routledge

Working through close rhetorical analysis of everything from fiction and journalism to documents and documentaries, this book looks at how popular memory favors the country Depression over the economic crisis in the nation’s cities and factories. Over eighty years after it happened, the Depression still lives on in iconic images of country poor whites – in the novels of John Steinbeck, the photographs of Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein, the documentary films of Pare Lorenz and the thousands of share-croppers’ life histories as taken down by the workers of the Federal Writers’ Project. Like the politicians and bureaucrats who accomplished the New Deal’s radical reforms in banking, social security and labor union law, the artists, novelists and other writers who supported or even worked for the New Deal were idealists, well to the left of center in their politics. Yet when it came to hard times on the American farm, something turned them into unwitting reactionaries. Though they brought these broken lives of the country poor to the notice and sympathy of the public, they also worked unconsciously to undermine their condition. How and why? Fender shows how the answer lies in clues overlooked until now, hidden in their writing -- their journalism and novels, the "life histories" they ghost wrote for their poor white clients, the bureaucratic communications through which they administered these cultural programs, even in the documentary photographs and movies, with their insistent captions and voice-overs. This book is a study of literary examples from in and around the country Depression, and the myths on which they drew.

The grapes of wrath and other writings 1936 1941

  • Filename: the-grapes-of-wrath-and-other-writings-1936-1941.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015036032368
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 1067
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Publisher: Library of America

Short stories and a novel are accompanied by nonfiction works dealing with a marine biological expedition and migrant farm workers

In Dubious Battle

  • Filename: in-dubious-battle.
  • ISBN: 1101118660
  • Release Date: 2006-05-30
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Publisher: Penguin

A riveting novel of labor strife and apocalyptic violence, now a major motion picture starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Zach Braff At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, In Dubious Battle is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Ghostworkers and Greens

  • Filename: ghostworkers-and-greens.
  • ISBN: 9781501704208
  • Release Date: 2016-03-24
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Adam Tompkins
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press

Throughout the twentieth century, despite compelling evidence that some pesticides posed a threat to human and environmental health, growers and the USDA continued to favor agricultural chemicals over cultural and biological forms of pest control. In Ghostworkers and Greens, Adam Tompkins reveals a history of unexpected cooperation between farmworker groups and environmental organizations. Tompkins shows that the separate movements shared a common concern about the effects of pesticides on human health. This enabled bridge-builders within the disparate organizations to foster cooperative relationships around issues of mutual concern to share information, resources, and support. Nongovernmental organizations, particularly environmental organizations and farmworker groups, played a key role in pesticide reform. For nearly fifty years, these groups served as educators, communicating to the public scientific and experiential information about the adverse effects of pesticides on human health and the environment, and built support for the amendment of pesticide policies and the alteration of pesticide use practices. Their efforts led to the passage of more stringent regulations to better protect farmworkers, the public, and the environment. Environmental organizations and farmworker groups also acted as watchdogs, monitoring the activity of regulatory agencies and bringing suit when necessary to ensure that they fulfilled their responsibilities to the public. These groups served as not only lobbyists but also essential components of successful democratic governance, ensuring public participation and more effective policy implementation.

A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

  • Filename: a-political-companion-to-john-steinbeck.
  • ISBN: 9780813142036
  • Release Date: 2013-06-06
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902--1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety years after his work first appeared in print, Steinbeck's novels, stories, and plays still generate controversy: his 1937 book Of Mice and Men was banned in some Mississippi schools in 2002, and as recently as 2009, he made the American Library Association's annual list of most frequently challenged authors. A Political Companion to John Steinbeck examines the most contentious political aspects of the author's body of work, from his early exploration of social justice and political authority during the Great Depression to his later positions regarding domestic and international threats to American policies. Featuring contemporaneous and present-day interpretations of his novels and essays by historians, literary scholars, and political theorists, this book covers the spectrum of Steinbeck's writing, exploring everything from his place in American political culture to his seeming betrayal of his leftist principles in later years.

Steinbeck s Bitter Fruit

  • Filename: steinbeck-s-bitter-fruit.
  • ISBN: 9780990718147
  • Release Date: 2014-09-15
  • Number of pages: 154
  • Author: Thomas Fensch
  • Publisher: BookBaby

John Steinbeck published his epic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1939--after observing the plight of he homeless and the dispossessed--the Okies-- "The Grapes of Wrath is now considered the seminal work of the Depression years. "Steinbeck's bitter fruit" is a two-part pat analysis--Steinbeck's work during the 1930s --the second half shows a how close we may still be to the poverty, hopelessness and black years of the 1930os. The "bitter fruit" in the title are the grapes in "The Grapes of Wrath." Written by an internationally-known Steinbeck expert.

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