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Author Filreis, Alan, 1956- author.

Title 1960 : when art and literature confronted the memory of World War II and remade the modern / Al Filreis
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents Intro -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Part I. Emerging from the Night of the Word -- 1. An Introduction to the Survivor: New Contexts for Genocide -- 2. Pain-Laden Rhymes: Challenges to Narrative and the Radical "Writing I" -- 3. Openings of the Field: Deep Memory and Its Counterwords -- Part II. The End of the End of Ideology -- 4. Absurd Judgment: Auden, Arendt, Eichmann, and the Kafka Revival -- 5. Oppose the Anti-Everything: Zero Art and the Hopeful Leap -- 6. Adjustment and Its Discontents: Aleatory Art vs. Cold War Deradicalization
7. Disaster Defies Utterance: Arts of the Unsayable -- 8. Thaw Poetics: Folk Revival, Radical Unoriginality, and the Old Word Witness -- 9. Abomunism: Wars Within Wars in American Poetry -- 10. Favorite Things -- Notes -- Index
Summary "William Shirer's best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich published in 1960 provided a straight-forward historical/journalistic approach to documenting and accounting for Nazism. The book's publication represented one of the first attempts in America to come to terms with World War II. Shirer's book however, stood in contrast to other, more experimental artistic and literary works of that year that sought to create a new language to understand the trauma of World War II and to imagine a new world. In 1960, Al Filries provides a new understanding of the postwar avant-garde. Looking at a wide range of artists, thinkers, and writers, including Paul Celan, James Baldwin, Frantz Fanon, Muriel Rukeyser and Hannah Arendt, Al Filreis discusses how artists in 1960 turned back to the war of 1939-45 and to the unprecedented horror and mass killings of that period. 1960 reflects on the belatedness of that artistic response and reconsiders the start of the Sixties that went beyond the supposed ideological divisions of the Fifties and the critique of conformity and consumerism inspired by the Beats and others. The work that came out of this period, which linked the legacies of fascism and anti-semitism with American racism, also sought to reclaim the more radical elements of modernism in poetry, fiction, theater, film, memoir, and sculpture. Turning to popular culture, Filreis examines how the teleplays of Rod Serling and the music of John Coltrane, steeped in the horrors of World War II, also provided visions of hope"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 19, 2021)
Subject Literature and history -- History -- 20th century
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- History -- 20th century
Nineteen sixty, A.D.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence.
Literature, Experimental -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
Literature and history
Literature, Experimental
Nineteen sixty, A.D.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021011167
ISBN 9780231554299