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  • ISBN 077353766X
  • ISBN13 978-0773537668
  • Language English
  • Author Peter Swirski
  • Publisher McGill-Queen's University Press; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Pages 221
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As partisan attacks have become increasingly bitter in American politics, contemporary culture has found ways to channel this outrage into the outrageous, responding with comedy and satire from both sides of the political spectrum. Ars Americana, Ars Politica cross-examines American politics, culture, and history by examining Irving Wallace's The Man, Richard Condon's Death of a Politician, P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores, Warren Beatty's film Bulworth, and Michael Moore's Stupid White Men to show how these popular artists have used soap-box partisanship and box-office artertainment to affect history.

Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture is a 2010 critical study by Peter Swirski

Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture is a 2010 critical study by Peter Swirski. The book examines contemporary American political literature and culture in the context of American politics and history. It examines not only the partisan credentials of what it argues is a new brand of art engagé but also the nobrow style in which it conducts its political business.

Typically of Peter Swirski, Ars Americana freely crosses between literature, culture and reality, and between fiction and nonfiction. Not merely for this is the book interesting, informative and enlightening

Typically of Peter Swirski, Ars Americana freely crosses between literature, culture and reality, and between fiction and nonfiction. Not merely for this is the book interesting, informative and enlightening. The book has a very telling cover: Above the title words Ars Americana Ars Politica is a picture of a cake being attacked by a dozen flies. If the cover seems to say it all, we still have good reasons to experience physically what are going on between the covers.

As partisan attacks have become increasingly bitter in American politics, contemporary culture has found ways to channel this outrage into the outrageous, responding with comedy and satire from both sides of the political spectrum. Ars Americana, Ars Politica cross-examines American politics, culture, and history by examining Irving Wallace’s The Man, Richard Condon’s Death of a Politician, .

Ars Americana, Ars Politica book. More exactly, it is about, as the title in full tells, the partisan expression in American literature and culture over the last 50-odd years

Ars Americana, Ars Politica book. More exactly, it is about, as the title in full tells, the partisan expression in American literature and culture over the last 50-odd years. Perhaps political expression is not unusual in the world today, but partisan expression is still a taboo everywhere. In many countries that still exercise dictatorship, partisan expression is out of the question; in others it is surely quenched the moment it comes to expression. America is a little different.

Ars Americana Ars Politica. The book examines contemporary American political literature and culture in the context of American politics and history

Ars Americana Ars Politica. American Literature, Culture, History and Politics. Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture is a 2010 critical study by Peter Swirski.

Ars Americana, Ars Politica cross-examines American politics, culture, and history by examining Irving Wallace’s The . Peter Swirski is Professor of American literature and culture at the University of Missouri-St.

Ars Americana, Ars Politica cross-examines American politics, culture, and history by examining Irving Wallace’s The Man, Richard Condon’s Death of a Politician, . O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores, Warren Beatty’s film Bulworth, and Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men to show how these popular artists have used soap-box partisanship and box-office artertainment to affect history. Louis, Honorary Professor of American Studies at Jinan University, China, and member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA).

Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture is a. .

Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture is a 2010 critical study by Peter Swirski. The principal examples of American literature that Swirski discusses in detail are: Irving Wallace’s The Man (1964), Richard Condon’s Death of a Politician (1978), . and Other Sorry Excuses.

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Ars Americana, Ars Politica cross-examines American politics, culture, and history by examining Irving Wallace's The Man, Richard Condon's Death of a Politician, . ISBN13:9780773537668.

As Peter Swirski makes clear in his first page, Ars Americana, Ars Politica is concerned with writers who are not . Swirski’s focus is US literature and film of the past 50 years.

As Peter Swirski makes clear in his first page, Ars Americana, Ars Politica is concerned with writers who are not afraid to be partisan, who combine entertainment with commitment, who produce the kind of art that should come equipped with shock absorbers. The result is a provocative and energetic book that reaches out beyond academia in an attempt to define the nature of American political literature.

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Ars Americana is about political political or, in other name, radical political or partisan. This alone distinguishes the study from many others that simply deal with politics at large and from those postmodern that tend to render everything political. More exactly, it is about, as the title in full tells, the partisan expression in American literature and culture over the last 50-odd years.

Perhaps political expression is not unusual in the world today, but partisan expression is still a taboo everywhere. In many countries that still exercise dictatorship, partisan expression is out of the question; in others it is surely quenched the moment it comes to expression. America is a little different. Since it is or meant to be a nation of democracy and free speech, people there are franchised to voice politically discordant notes and many such notes have been voiced already. But not without consequences. One responsible for that voicing is most likely to put oneself at risk of severe censure, banning, threat or even assassination, which happenings are all well known at home or abroad. With this in mind, we can’t help admiring the grand valor and determination with which the five warriors highlighted in Ars Americana launched their partisan wars against American government or its leaders. These warriors are, in the order they appear in the book, Irving Wallace, Richard Condon, P.J. O’Rourke, Warren Beatty, and Michael Moore. But how about Peter Swirski, author of Ars Americana, who purposely unites those warriors and concentrates their otherwise separate fire for a general offensive? He is a terminator.

In Ars Americana Swirski evolves his study around five works, fiction or nonfiction, respectively by the above mentioned warriors or writers, that is, The Man(1960s), Death of a Politician(1970s), Parliament of Whores(1980s), Bulworth(1990s), and Stupid White Men(2000s), taken from each decade since WWII. From the vantage points of the works Swirski discusses a series of political issues or problems such as the Black Panthers, political corruption and conspiracy, poverty and military spending, social gap and corrosion of mass media, and education and functional illiteracy, etc., demonstrating that America did go dead wrong not only in every part, but all the time. This is partisan expression itself. However, the author doesn’t just relate the writers. He has a great deal more to say himself, not about the works or writers, but about the social-political reality beyond their fictitious or non-fictitious world. As to this, Swirski does two important jobs; first, he proves the fictitious world a true picture of the reality. He elaborates on the roman-a-clef nature of Death of a Politician---for that matter The Man and Parliament of Whores are no less roman-a- clef, and enables us to see, behind the literary hell, a realistic one instead. Second, he proves the facts and statistics in a nonfiction to be factual vis a vis the hard facts, this mainly regarding Stupid White Men. Both jobs entail a mountain of research work, which Swirski does and does well.

Typically of Peter Swirski, Ars Americana freely crosses between literature, culture and reality, and between fiction and nonfiction. Not merely for this is the book interesting, informative and enlightening. The book has a very telling cover: Above the title words “Ars Americana Ars Politica” is a picture of a cake being attacked by a dozen flies. If the cover seems to say it all, we still have good reasons to experience physically what are going on between the covers.
Gio
On an advice of a friend, I read the whole book from the latest chapter & finished with the first one & it works. So interesting and eye opening. Smart concepts, easy language, something for everyone. Read it forward or backward but read it.
Waiso
Democracy is supposed to be the best guarantor of human freedom yet devised. Or at least this is what we hear from American politicians. Just and fair elections, one-person-one-vote, the separation of power and political competition: these and dozens of other myths are propagandized around the world. But are the true?

America is the dominant superpower which claims to be a democracy. Professor Swirski has no patience with such erroneous claims. His book "Ars Americana" is a wonderful (and sometimes very funny) tour guide to the political culture of a country which plays such an important role in the world.

Have you ever wondered what the reality of democracy in America really is? Does the American government protect its people and their freedoms or violate it in a hundred invisible ways? If you have, wonder no more. Professor Swirski is a popular American Studies professor who compares the image of America that comes to us from political literature, media, film, and popular culture with the historical truth. It turns out that the truth is a hundred times more interesting and unbelievable than the fiction!

Throughout he gives us vivid images of how democracy works (and does not work) in America. The tour of the dark side begins with a brilliant discussions of Irving Wallace's epic <The Man>, which provides the background behind the claims of Obama being the first black man in the White House. In reality this is not true and no, this is not a conspiracy theory--read Chapter 1 and you will find out.

Richard Condon's <Death of a Plitician > reveals how the government abuses power; P.J. O'Rourke's <Parliament of Whores> shows how politicians use all tools of rhetoric to get elected and how they use the same rhetoric to cover their asses; Warren Beatty's political Hollywood comedy <Bulworth> analyzes the censorship of American political films and the images of politicians in the media. But the best comes last: a chapter on Michael Moore which answers the question that has been dogging him for decades: is he all truth or just dare?

This is an extremely entertaining but also an extremely thoughtful book which reversed my opinion about the America's democracy, It's time to give real democracy a boost by lifting the protective veil of myth and propaganda in America. If you care enough to find a way to fix it, or if you're just interested in the myths of American politics, this is the book you should read!
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