The Resource Incremental realism : postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism, Mary Esteve, (electronic resource)

Incremental realism : postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism, Mary Esteve, (electronic resource)

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Incremental realism : postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism
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Incremental realism
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postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism
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Mary Esteve
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eng
Summary
The postwar US political imagination coalesced around a quintessential midcentury American trope: happiness. In Incremental Realism, Mary Esteve offers a bold, revisionist literary and cultural history of efforts undertaken by literary realists, public intellectuals, and policy activists to advance the value of public institutions and the claims of socioeconomic justice. Esteve specifically focuses on era-defining authors of realist fiction-including Philip Roth, Gwendolyn Brooks, Patricia Highsmith, Paula Fox, Peter Taylor, and Mary McCarthy-who mobilized the trope of happiness to reinforce the crucial value of public institutions, such as the public library, and the importance of pursuing socioeconomic justice, as envisioned by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and welfare-state liberals. In addition to embracing specific symbols of happiness, these writers also developed narrative modes-what Esteve calls "incremental realism"-that made justifiable the claims of disadvantaged Americans on the nation-state and promoted a small-canvas aesthetics of moderation. With this powerful demonstration of the way postwar literary fiction linked the era's familiar trope of happiness to political arguments about socioeconomic fairness and individual flourishing, Esteve enlarges our sense of the postwar liberal imagination and its attentiveness to better, possible worlds
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Midwest
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Esteve, Mary
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813/.5409
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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Post*45
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  • American fiction
  • Authors, American
  • Happiness in literature
  • Welfare state in literature
  • Liberalism in literature
  • Realism in literature
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Incremental realism : postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism, Mary Esteve, (electronic resource)
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
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9781503614383
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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13803383
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MWT13803383
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Incremental realism : postwar American fiction, happiness, and welfare-state liberalism, Mary Esteve, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781503614383
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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13803383
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MWT13803383
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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