Culture Makers: Urban Performance and Literature in the 1920s

Culture Makers Urban Performance and Literature in the s In this multidisciplinary study Amy Koritz examines the drama dance and literature of the s focusing on how artists used these different media to engage three major concurrent shifts in econom

  • Title: Culture Makers: Urban Performance and Literature in the 1920s
  • Author: Amy Koritz
  • ISBN: 9780252033841
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this multidisciplinary study, Amy Koritz examines the drama, dance, and literature of the 1920s, focusing on how artists used these different media to engage three major concurrent shifts in economic and social organization the emergence of rationalized work processes and expert professionalism the advent of mass markets and the consequent necessity of consumerism asIn this multidisciplinary study, Amy Koritz examines the drama, dance, and literature of the 1920s, focusing on how artists used these different media to engage three major concurrent shifts in economic and social organization the emergence of rationalized work processes and expert professionalism the advent of mass markets and the consequent necessity of consumerism as a behavior and ideology and the urbanization of the population, in concert with the invention of urban planning and the recognition of specifically urban subjectivities Koritz analyzes plays by Eugene O Neill, Elmer Rice, Sophie Treadwell, and Rachel Crothers popular dance forms of the 1920s and the modern dance and choreography of Martha Graham and literature by Anzia Yezierska, John Dos Passos, and Lewis Mumford.

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    • Cat says:

      Such an enjoyable and cogent account of the way cultural forms (from plays to dances to novels) responded to the rise of consumer and professional identity in the early twentieth century. Koritz recognizes the ambivalence of cultural producers who both cherish the pose of expertise with which specialization and professionalization imbues them and who also suspect the standardization and commodification of living in the modern period. Really fabulous readings of "flapper" playwright Rachel Crothe [...]

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