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Published: 09 November 2018

216 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190909376

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Land of Tomorrow

Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism

Benjamin Mangrum

  • Challenges standard liberal narratives of twentieth-century politics
  • Argues that transformations within postwar liberalism have been responsible for the crisis of the American welfare state, not just free-enterprise conservatives
  • Offers a timely look into precedents to the internal crises of American liberalism, its failures to animate political affect into broad electoral coalitions, and the Democratic Party, in particular
  • Asks readers to reconsider their reverence for such authors as Ellison, Nabokov, Kesey, the Beats, Trilling & the New York intellectuals
  • Puts vastly different writers in conversation with equally distant social developments, using literary texts to write intellectual history