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Ars Americana, Ars Politica: Partisan Expression in Contemporary American Literature and Culture Paperback – Aug 10 2010
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However, this landmark work by Swirski is more than just 'literary-critical'. Even more it is a 'history-critical study with a political stance'. By showing how the political leprosy these five works condemned ago are still relevant today, it leaves a resounding mark on readers' minds, provoking their awareness of current political abuses and idiocies.
Attempting to give readers a more systematic overview on how modern American politics has evolved'or in fact, how it has NOT evolved regardless of how many decades pass by'Ars Americana is explicitly organized chapter by chapter in chronological order. Representing the 60s is Wallace's 'The Man' which head-on challenged the status quo of white dominant society by creating a black president and putting him in America's most exquisite landmark of power, the Oval Office.Read more ›
It's the same in Ars Americana. You may have heard about the Bush administration, about Michael Moore, about 'political' movies in Hollywood, about Nixon and Watergate, or Reagonomics, Howard Zinn, the Black Panthers, the LA riots of 1992, the news 'fakers', the right-of-Kaiser Fox, the one-party system that holds America in its unrelenting grip, and a million other things, but if you never knew what it was REALLY all about, how much truth there was in various and sometimes conflicting reports about them, and how much the myths that we are fed everyday under the pretense of national security, gross domestic product, free enterprise, and all other "we are the champions" rhetoric, are true. Well, now you can know it all, like one reviewer on the back cover says, since can check everything against Ars Americana.Read more ›
I have been hearing here and there about it so I was in a sense better prepared to follow it on a journey of political discovery as well as historical recovery, but all the same the magnitude of reference, the boldness of thinking, the willingness to pursue the historical evidence wherever it leads, and the sheer raciness of the prose which to my mind at least resembles investigative journalism more than any academic writing I am aware of, took my by surprise.
Chronologically, I was never aware of Irving Wallace (how quickly even the best known writers fade away) but now I am convinced that this pulp writer was onto something very daring politically when he wrote The Man.
I knew about the Black Panthers but the context in Ars Americana locates them, for example in juxtaposition with the Hamas, seems to be spot on.
Condon is famous for The Manchurian Candidate but I knew nothing of Death of a Politician (which I just ordered) which sounds to me like a great novel and fun to read. At least Professor Swirski makes it out to be even as he uses it to draw comparisons between Condon's leading character and Tricky Dicky Nixon. Reading this chapter was like reading about the Borgias.
Next is probably my favourite chapter on Parliament of Whores. It is hilarious, stripping the pants off our politicians and leaving them shivering in the cold in the harsh light of the truth!Read more ›
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Ars Americana Ars Politica is an exceedingly well-researched and illuminating study of American political art. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Heather Hortness
Regardless of the diversity of our origins and backgrounds, United States have been a major source of influence in our shared history. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2010 by Benoit
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