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The Century''s Midnight : Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War

By: Bush, Clive.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2011Description: 1 online resource (610 p.).ISBN: 9783035300550.Subject(s): American literature - 20th century - History and criticism | Europa | European literature - 20th century - History and criticism | Literatur | Schriftsteller | USA | World War, 1939-1945 - Literature and the warGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Century''s Midnight : Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World WarDDC classification: 809.044 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgements x; Introduction: Lighting the Circle 1; Opening the Field 1; Stories of Time 14; Part 1: 'It is Dead and it is Not Dead': Time and Testimony in Victor Serge 21; Section I; Writing and Refuge 22; Writing the Heretical Self in History 36; Memoirs of a Revolutionary 47; Politics and Ideology 55; Religion and Ethics 59; Section II; 'I Began to Write a Story': The Novels 69; Part 2: Posts of the Good: Dwight Macdonald's politics 104; Section I; Wartime: Bridges and Not-Bridges 104; War and International Ideological Chaos 112; Hannah Arendt: Navigating Time 134
Anton Ciliga: Russia and the Story of Time 142Section II; Simone Weil and the Time of the Soul 158; politics and the Existentialists 170; Hiroshima: Georges Bataille and John Hersey 186; Part 3: 'My Dear Plutocratic but Lovely Friend': Dorothy Norman and TWICE A YEAR 198; Section I; Faustian Visions: An 'American' Beginning 198; Alfred Stieglitz and Ideology 213; Dorothy Norman and TWICE A YEAR 218; Politics and Civil Liberties 222; Dorothy Norman: A Woman Among Women 231; A World of Women: Dorothy Norman and India 244; Section II; TWICE A YEAR and American Culture 250
Henry Miller in Time and Eternity 259TWICE A YEAR and European Culture 274; Reintegration into Time: Silone and The Abruzzo Trilogy 279; Coda 291; Part 4: Lewis Mumford: Remaining Present in 'the Ringing Grooves of Time' 292; Section I; Sacred and Profane: A Preface 292; Mumford and Politics 295; Ethics, Religion and Social Practices 318; Ethics and Literature 328; Ethics, Private Life and the Irrational 330; Germany, the Allies and the Ethics of War 332; Section II; Organicism and the Dynamic Balance 337; Organicism and Time 343; Towards The Condition of Man 359; The Condition of Man 365
Part 5: The Art of Memory: Muriel Rukeyser and the Turning World 379Section I; The Search for Muriel Rukeyser 379; The Inner World of Childhood 386; A Story of Spain 398; Time and the Fear of Poetry 403; 'Poetry and Time' 419; Keys for the Music of Time 428; Politics and the Soul: Visions of the American Left 431; Section II; Time, Poetry and Truth: European Critical Philosophers 435; The Strong Ironic Joy of Old Intensities: Elegies 445; Coda 469; Epilogue: Rare Calendars of Feeling 470; Notes 507; Bibliography 560; Index 576
Summary: The Century''s Midnight is an exploration of the literary and political relationships between a number of ideologically sophisticated American and European writers during a mid-twentieth century dominated by the Second World War. Clive Bush offers an account of an intelligent and diverse community of people of good will, transcending national, ideological and cultural barriers. Although structured around five central figures - the novelist Victor Serge, the editors Dwight Macdonald and Dorothy Norman, the cultural critic Lewis Mumford and the poet Muriel Rukeyser - the book examines a wealth of European and American writers including Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Benjamin, John Dos Passos, Andre Gide, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, George Orwell, Boris Pilniak, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ignacio Silone and Richard Wright. The book''s central theme relates politics and literature to time and narrative. The author argues that knowledge of the writers of this period is of inestimable value in attempting to understand our contemporary world.
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Contents; Acknowledgements x; Introduction: Lighting the Circle 1; Opening the Field 1; Stories of Time 14; Part 1: 'It is Dead and it is Not Dead': Time and Testimony in Victor Serge 21; Section I; Writing and Refuge 22; Writing the Heretical Self in History 36; Memoirs of a Revolutionary 47; Politics and Ideology 55; Religion and Ethics 59; Section II; 'I Began to Write a Story': The Novels 69; Part 2: Posts of the Good: Dwight Macdonald's politics 104; Section I; Wartime: Bridges and Not-Bridges 104; War and International Ideological Chaos 112; Hannah Arendt: Navigating Time 134

Anton Ciliga: Russia and the Story of Time 142Section II; Simone Weil and the Time of the Soul 158; politics and the Existentialists 170; Hiroshima: Georges Bataille and John Hersey 186; Part 3: 'My Dear Plutocratic but Lovely Friend': Dorothy Norman and TWICE A YEAR 198; Section I; Faustian Visions: An 'American' Beginning 198; Alfred Stieglitz and Ideology 213; Dorothy Norman and TWICE A YEAR 218; Politics and Civil Liberties 222; Dorothy Norman: A Woman Among Women 231; A World of Women: Dorothy Norman and India 244; Section II; TWICE A YEAR and American Culture 250

Henry Miller in Time and Eternity 259TWICE A YEAR and European Culture 274; Reintegration into Time: Silone and The Abruzzo Trilogy 279; Coda 291; Part 4: Lewis Mumford: Remaining Present in 'the Ringing Grooves of Time' 292; Section I; Sacred and Profane: A Preface 292; Mumford and Politics 295; Ethics, Religion and Social Practices 318; Ethics and Literature 328; Ethics, Private Life and the Irrational 330; Germany, the Allies and the Ethics of War 332; Section II; Organicism and the Dynamic Balance 337; Organicism and Time 343; Towards The Condition of Man 359; The Condition of Man 365

Part 5: The Art of Memory: Muriel Rukeyser and the Turning World 379Section I; The Search for Muriel Rukeyser 379; The Inner World of Childhood 386; A Story of Spain 398; Time and the Fear of Poetry 403; 'Poetry and Time' 419; Keys for the Music of Time 428; Politics and the Soul: Visions of the American Left 431; Section II; Time, Poetry and Truth: European Critical Philosophers 435; The Strong Ironic Joy of Old Intensities: Elegies 445; Coda 469; Epilogue: Rare Calendars of Feeling 470; Notes 507; Bibliography 560; Index 576

The Century''s Midnight is an exploration of the literary and political relationships between a number of ideologically sophisticated American and European writers during a mid-twentieth century dominated by the Second World War. Clive Bush offers an account of an intelligent and diverse community of people of good will, transcending national, ideological and cultural barriers. Although structured around five central figures - the novelist Victor Serge, the editors Dwight Macdonald and Dorothy Norman, the cultural critic Lewis Mumford and the poet Muriel Rukeyser - the book examines a wealth of European and American writers including Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Benjamin, John Dos Passos, Andre Gide, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, George Orwell, Boris Pilniak, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ignacio Silone and Richard Wright. The book''s central theme relates politics and literature to time and narrative. The author argues that knowledge of the writers of this period is of inestimable value in attempting to understand our contemporary world.

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Clive Bush is Emeritus Professor of American Literature at King's College London. He pioneered the teaching of American Studies at the University of Warwick from 1966 to 1990. His books include Halfway to Revolution: Investigation and Crisis in the Work of Henry Adams, William James and Gertrude Stein (1991) and Holding the Line: Selected Essays in American Literature and Culture (Peter Lang, 2009).

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