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by Kevin R. McNamara

Download The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles (Cambridge Companions to Literature) ePub
  • ISBN 0521735548
  • ISBN13 978-0521735544
  • Language English
  • Author Kevin R. McNamara
  • Publisher Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2010)
  • Pages 248
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1455 kb
  • Size Fb2 1638 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.

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Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature. Recommend to librarian. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature.

The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics form a book series published by Cambridge University Press. Each book is a collection of essays on the topic commissioned by the publisher. Topics Theatre History by David Wiles and Christine Dymkowski African American Theatre by Harvey Young Piers Plowman by Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway. Cambridge Companions.

This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, from the early Spanish settlers to contemporary Latino and Asian LA literature. I was disappointed to find what I thought would be a series of dismally boring academic essays. This tight little anthology is a far cry from that.

Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature

Kevin R. McNamara introduces the common themes of desire and delusion that comprise the literary reactions to this coastal megalopolis, this arid sprawl, and this cosmopolitan confusion where no driver agrees upon how far Los Angeles spreads into the interior from its Pacific proximity.

Kevin R. The difficulty with defining what is dully designated the Southland in media reports or the . Basin in weather forecasts permeates the imaginary as well as real responses to its disturbingly potent allure

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of Los Angeles (Cambridge Companions to Literature series) by Kevin R. McNamara. Urbanists and critics, alongside novelists and screenwriters, tend to sell us what we expect from a too-familiar .

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles (Cambridge Companions to Literature series) by Kevin R. Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format. As exemplified by James Kyung-Jin Lee’s nimble juxtaposition of Asian-American and Latino encounters, may this volume encourage a more diverse, and more honest, reaction to the real Los Angeles that defies as often as it defines fictional responses on page. John L. Murphy, New York Journal of Books. The Epic of Gilgamesh.

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Cambridge companions to literature) Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Bulace
This is a good contribution to the knowledge of Chicano Lit., a subject which is unfortunately unknown in any kind of depth,
even in the academic world. Because Los Angeles with its huge Mexican-origin population has always been a center of
Mexican American/Chicano culture, the literary production by Chicanos and Chicanas there is remarkable.
Of special value is the chapter dealing with significant Chicano writers, such as Oscar Acosta, the Brown Buffalo
of 1960's fame.
The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles also is an important contribution to Black and Asian Studies.
Araath
Fifteen essays comprise this anthology, as critics survey Angeleno literature from two centuries ago to today. From its founding as a Spanish outpost to its massive sprawl today, not only in territory but in global influence, the city's peddled itself as both utopian retreat and last resort. That is, as a paradise lost as soon as it was found.

Science fiction, sleuths, essays, Hollywood as fiction, the Southland on screen, African-American reactions, Asian and Latino confluences, nature and various 19 and 20c responses to genres familiar both in print and in film feature. The contributors share a curious insistence on a term I as a native never have heard used by anybody here, and I taught in South-Central the evening the 1992 violence broke out after the Rodney King verdict. Those scholars mentioning this event all employ the term "Justice Riots," but this may again show the fictional response as a factual one, obliquely, as academia imposes its own definition upon what we natives fail to recognize as the way we speak about our own city.

This kind of re-invention permeates literary versions of L.A. Whether as filmed or bound, as poetry or critique, escapist pulp, studio satire, or suburban malaise, those who chronicle this region appear drawn to the same stereotypes. Yet, as a careful study of this collection shows-- despite the tendency for some contributors to offer more potted summaries than explications of how selected texts clue us in about this difficult city to sum up-- it can also offer surprises.

The mingling of Korean and Salvadoran, Armenian and African, starlet and has-been and wannabee on its streets, or in its traffic as likely, energizes the L.A. Basin. At its best, these professors and writers keep that kind of unexpected encounter fresh in their own narratives. Eric Avila correcting Mike Davis, David Wyatt and Patrick O'Donnell on post-war and mid-20c L.A., and Charles Scruggs about Walter Mosley's tales, or James Kyung-Jin Lee's juxtaposition of immigrant cultures and daily stories: these sorts of critiques make for pleasurable as well as instructive reading.
Conjukus
I ordered this book thinking that it would be an anthology of fiction written by Los Angelean writers. I was disappointed to find what I thought would be a series of dismally boring academic essays. This tight little anthology is a far cry from that. The book provides an excellent historical and thematic overview of Los Angeles literature. Each chapter reads something like a smartly written book review -- like sophisticated journalism with footnotes. I am now primed to read as many of the works of fiction mentioned here as I can get my hands on -- from the writing of the post-1781 Californios to the dystopian fantasies of the new millennium. I highly recommend this book.
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