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In "Different Dispatches", David Humphries brings jointly in a brand new manner a various team of recognized American writers of the inter-war interval together with: Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemmingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Agee and Robert Penn Warren. He demonstrates how those writers have interaction journalism in developing leading edge texts that handle mass tradition in addition to underlying cultural stipulations. The ebook should be of curiosity to readers coming near near those famous authors for the 1st time or for students grappling with higher problems with cultural construction and reception.

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According to Strychacz, these modernist writers do in fact create their public rather than have their works created by their public: They invoke journalism only to reject its appeal to a common ground and develop a distinct discourse—a separate, if limited space, for literature in which modernist writers and their sophisticated readers can establish their authority. indd 21 1/25/2006 4:42:10 PM 22 Different Dispatches (77). In Strychacz’s account, then, American literary modernism acknowledges the widespread impact of journalism only to use it as a foil, and American modernist writers separate literature from mass culture and increase its prestige in conjunction with new groups of “professional” readers associated with the university, small magazines, and elite publishers.

While her earlier descriptions of Poppas recall the troubling elements of anti-Semitism in Cather’s earlier story, “Behind Singer Tower,” Carrie goes on to describe him in terms that recall the unifying ideal represented by the fire in that story. She notes that while the others would have “stamped out” “the fire at which Cressida warmed herself,” Poppas appreciates the importance of her secret aspirations and protects and nurtures them (402). ” Yet the idea of Poppas “sparing” Cressida underscores her vulnerability: The artist as icon is as fragile as her image.

Thus, through Spanish Johnny Cather’s readers can recognize the way Thea brings her aesthetic ideal from the ancient, desolate Cliff-Dwelling canyons to the vibrant, teeming canyons of Broadway. indd 28 1/25/2006 4:42:11 PM The Journalist, the Immigrant, and Willa Cather’s Popular Modernism 29 In the epilogue, the novel returns to Moonstone and focuses on Thea’s Aunt Tillie rather than on Thea’s siblings, and Tillie comes to serve as an ideal newspaper reader. Though Tillie is only a minor character early in the novel, this conclusion highlights the role of journalism in Thea’s education and success as a singer, and Cather filters such important information as Thea’s wedding with Ottenburg through Tillie’s reading of the Denver newspapers (701).

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