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Critical essays on the mith of the american Adam

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Revisions of the American Adam

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A study that introduces, conceptualises, and examines the American Adam and American Psycho paradigms while focussing on the inter-relations between the two figures.

The American Adam

Author : R. W. B. Lewis
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Intellectual history is viewed in this book as a series of "great conversations"—dramatic dialogues in which a culture's spokesmen wrestle with the leading questions of their times. In nineteenth-century America the great argument centered about De Crèvecoeur's "new man," the American, an innocent Adam in a bright new world dissociating himself from the historic past. Mr. Lewis reveals this vital preoccupation as a pervasive, transforming ingredient of the American mind, illuminating history and theology as well as art, shaping the consciousness of lesser thinkers as fully as it shaped the giants of the age. He traces the Adamic theme in the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Henry James, and others, and in an Epilogue he exposes their continuing spirit in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, J. D. Salinger, and Saul Bellow.

The American Adam in New Hollywood

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In this thesis, I examine the figure of the American Adam as resurrected by Warren Beatty along with the affect that this innocent masculine archetype has juxtaposed against the explicit violence in the films Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971). Beginning with a discussion of the change in censorship in the Hollywood film industry in the late 1960's, I analyze the filmmakers, Arthur Penn and Robert Altman's agendas of social commentary in which violence stands in as an epideictic rhetoric. This rhetoric lays blame for the violence and unrest as well as the corporatization of America at the feet of the establishment. The Vietnam War, the protests it generated and the political assassinations of the period inspired the reckless violence of Bonnie and Clyde. The cold-blooded violence of McCabe and Mrs. Miller is a reaction against the corporatization of America as well as the Hollywood system. This thesis claims Beatty's agency as producer, writer, and star along with the films' directors is a direct reflection of the reaction of the American male of the 1960's to a loss of value embodied in the Vietnam draft. I situate the figure of the American Adam with its innocence, optimism and can-do attitude as a saving figure for the men of the time; connecting the post-World War II masculine crisis from which this figure arose in the literary critique of R.W.B Lewis with the crisis occurring during the Vietnam years.

The American Adam

Author : Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis
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Revisions of the American Adam

Author : Jonathan Mitchell
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The figure of the American Adam is a prevalent myth in US cultural history. Defined by R.W.B. Lewis in 1955 as "the hero of new adventure . . .an individual standing alone, self-reliant and self-propelling, ready to confront whatever awaited him with the aid of his own unique and inherent resources", the figure is discernable in the American renaissance writers and in the imagery of the frontiersman, cowboy, gangster as well as in the heroes of US action movies. Focusing on the American Adam as a paradigm of masculine identity formation, this monograph examines how this fantasy of an imaginary ideal identity has held an ideological sway over US identity in the main. Taking in a range of cultural texts, Jonathan Mitchell's study explores the complexities and contradictions of Adam's 'real' condition of existence to show how the paradigm influences both masculinity and subsequently hegemonic US identity as represented throughout twentieth-century US culture.

The American Adam

Author : R. W. B. Lewis
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The American Adam

Author : R. W. B. Lewis
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Handbook of American Folklore

Author : Richard Mercer Dorson
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Includes material on interpretation methods and presentation of research.

The American Adam

Author : Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis
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The American Adam

Author : Richard W. B. Lewis
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The American Adam

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The American Adam

Author : Rws Lewis
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The American Adam Etc

Author : Richard Warrington Baldwin LEWIS
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American Small Town Fiction 1940 1960

Author : Nathanael T. Booth
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In literature and popular culture, small town America is often idealized as distilling the national spirit. Does the myth of the small town conceal deep-seated reactionary tendencies or does it contain the basis of a national re-imagining? During the period between 1940 and 1960, America underwent a great shift in self-mythologizing that can be charted through representations of small towns. Authors like Henry Bellamann and Grace Metalious continued the tradition of Sherwood Anderson in showing the small town—by extension, America itself—profoundly warping the souls of its citizens. Meanwhile, Ray Bradbury, Toshio Mori and Ross Lockridge, Jr., sought to identify the small town’s potential for growth, away from the shadows cast by World War II toward a more inclusive, democratic future. Examined together, these works are key to understanding how mid–20th century America refashioned itself in light of a new postwar order, and how the literary small town both obscures and reveals contradictions at the heart of the American experience.

The Eternal Adam and the New World Garden

Author : David W. Noble
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The American Adam

Author : Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis
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The American Adam

Author : Robert C. Powell
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The Tradition of the American Adam in the Twentieth Century An Examination of Three Novels

Author : John Laue
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The Noble Savage in the New World Garden

Author : Gaile McGregor
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This book is a literary history of the Noble Savage and a comprehensive metamorphology of the American mind. Wide-ranging and deep-diving, this book suggests many reevaluations of American heroes and attitudes.