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- DescriptionThe small town has become a national icon that circulates widely in literature, culture, and politics as an authentic American space and community. Yet there are surprisingly few critical studies that analyze the small town's centrality to the United States' identity and imagination. In Main Street and Empire, Ryan Poll addresses this need, arguing that the small town, as evoked by the image of Main Street, is t a relic of the past but rather a metaphorical screen upon which America's everyday stories and subjects are projected on both a national and global scale. Bringing together a broad selection of texts-from Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Grace Metalious's Peyton Place, and Peter Weir's The Truman Show to the speeches of William McKinley, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama-Poll examines how the small town is used to imagine and reproduce the nation throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. He contends that the dominant small town, despite its incent, stalgic appearance, is central to the development of the U.S. empire and global capitalism.
- Author BiographyRYAN POLL teaches in the English department at Northeastern Illinois University.
- Author(s)Ryan Poll
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe American Literatures Initiative
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight358 g
- Width152 mm
- Height152 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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