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Main Street and Empire The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization

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ISBN-10: 0813552907

ISBN-13: 9780813552903

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ryan Poll

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The 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.InMain Street and Empire, Ryan Poll addresses this need, arguing that the small town, as evoked by the image of “Main Street,” is not 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’sOur Town, Grace Metalious’sPeyton Place, and Peter…    
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Introduction: The Small Town as Modern Nation Form
Sacred Islands in Modernity: The Prehistory of the Dominant Small Town
An Unfinished Revolution: 'The Revolt from the Village' Reconsidered
Mapping the Modern Small Town: A Circular Imaginary
A New Machine in the Small-Town Garden: Periodizing an Automodernity
The Formation of a U.S. Fascist Aesthetics; or, Welcome to Main Street
Staging and Archiving the Nation: Pedagogical Theater, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, and U.S. Imperialism
'One Happy World': The Postmodern Small Town and the Small-Town Postmodern
Global Belonging: The Small Town as the World's Home
Afterword: The Global Village