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Author Bramen, Carrie Tirado, 1964-
Title The uses of variety : modern Americanism and the quest for national distinctiveness / Carrie Tirado Bramen.
Imprint Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2000.

Author Bramen, Carrie Tirado, 1964-
Subject American fiction -- History and criticism.
Difference (Psychology) in literature.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
American fiction -- Minority authors -- History and criticism.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
National characteristics, American, in literature.
Cultural pluralism in literature.
Multiculturalism in literature.
Ethnic relations in literature.
Minorities in literature.
Description 1 online resource (380 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-360) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Introduction: Americanizing Variety -- I. The Ideological Formation of Pluralism. 1. William James and the Modern Federal Republic. 2. Identity Culture and Cosmopolitanism -- II. The Aesthetics of Diversity. 3. The Uneven Development of American Regionalism. 4. The Urban Picturesque and Americanization -- III. Heterogeneous Unions. 5. Biracial Fictions and the Mendelist Allegory. 6. East Meets West at the World's Parliament of Religious. Afterword: In Defense of Partiality.
Summary "Carrie Tirado Bramen pursues the idea of variety through the works of a wide range of regional and cosmopolitan writers, journalists, theologians, and politicians who rewrote the narrative of American exceptionalism through a celebration of variety. Exploring cultural and institutional spheres ranging from intra-urban walking tours in popular magazines to the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, she shows how the rhetoric of variety became naturalized and nationalized as quintessentially American and inherently democratic. By focusing on the uses of the term in the work of William James, Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B.
Du Bois, Hamlin Garland, and Wong Chin Foo, among many others, Bramen reveals how the perceived innocence and goodness of variety were used to construct contradictory and mutually exclusive visions of modern Americanism. Bramen's innovation is to look at the debates of a century ago that established diversity as the distinctive feature of U.S. culture."--Jacket.
Note English.
ISBN 9780674028715 (electronic bk.)
0674028716 (electronic bk.)
9780674003088
067400308X (alk. paper)
OCLC # 435535597
Additional Format Print version: Bramen, Carrie Tirado, 1964- Uses of variety. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2000 067400308X 9780674003088 (DLC) 00056703 (OCoLC)44467579


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