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American Social Experience #37: The End of the American Avant Garde

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How did a sleepy New England fishing village become a gay mecca? In this dynamic history, Karen Christel Krahulik explains why Provincetown, Massachusetts—alternately known as “Land's End,” “Cape-tip,” “Cape-end,” and, to some, “Queersville, U.S.A”—has meant many things to many people.

Provincetown tells the story of this beguiling coastal town, from its early history as a mid-nineteenth century colonial village to its current stature as a bustling gay tourist destination. It details the many cultures and groups—Yankee artists, Portuguese fishermen, tourists—that have comprised and influenced Provincetown, and explains how all of them, in conjunction with larger economic and political forces, come together to create a gay and lesbian mecca.

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Traces the avant garde from its origins to its eventual appropriation by a conservative political agenda, consumer culture, and the institutional world of art. Synthesizes the work of literary, art, and music historians with a fresh examination of primary source materials, while examining the intellectual and cultural history of this country. Divided into four sections chronologically, the text cites the influence of figures like Jack Kerouac, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollack.
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Synopsis:

"By 1966, the composer Virgil Thomson would write, "Truth is, there is no avant-garde today." How did the avant garde dissolve, and why? In this thought-provoking work, Stuart D. Hobbs traces the avant garde from its origins to its eventual appropriation by a conservative political agenda, consumer culture, and the institutional world of art.

About the Author

A historian with the Ohio Historical Society, Stuart D. Hobbs received his Ph.D. in American History from Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Toward the last American vanguard, 1930-1955. Introduction : the avant garde and the culture of the future — The communist party, modernism, and the avant garde — The American avant garde, 1945-1960. Alienation — Innovation — The future — The end of the avant garde, 1950-1965. The cold war, cultural radicalism, and the defense of capitalism — Institutional enthrallment — Consumer culture commodification — The end of the avant garde, 1965-1995. The convention of innovation and the end of the future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814735381
Author:
Hobbs, Stuart D.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Hobbs, Stuart
Author:
Krahulik, Karen
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Avant-garde
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Avant-garde (aesthetics)
Subject:
UNITED STATES_INTELLECTUAL LIFE
Subject:
UNITED STATES_HISTORY_20TH CENTURY
Subject:
CULTURAL STUDIES_USA
Subject:
HISTORY OF ART/ART AND DESIGN STYLES_USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States Intellectual life.
Subject:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- United States.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The American social experience series ;
Series Volume:
Vol. 37
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
242
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Theory and Criticism
History and Social Science » US History » General

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