By Jani Scandura
An interpretive bricolage that attracts on an not going archive of Nineteen Thirties detritus—office memos, scribbled manuscripts, scrapbooks, ruined images, newspaper clippings, glass eyes, incinerated level units, pulp novels, and junk washed ashore—Down within the Dumps escorts its readers via Reno’s divorce manufacturing facility of the Thirties, the place from around the usa got here to speedy dissolve matrimonial bonds; Key West’s multilingual salvage economic climate and its prestige because the island that turned the guts of an ideological tug-of-war among the yank New Deal executive and a politically fraught Caribbean; post-Renaissance Harlem, within the means of memorializing, remembering, grieving, and rewriting a modernity that had already handed; and Studio-era Hollywood, Nathanael West’s “dump of dreams,” during which the advent of sound in movie and shifts in artwork course started to rework how american citizens understood place-making or even being itself. A coda on Alcatraz and the Pentagon brings the ebook into the current, exploring how American melancholy involves undergo on post-9/11 America.
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Down in the Dumps: Place, Modernity, American Depression by Jani Scandura