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American Obscurantism
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American Obscurantism: History and the Visual in U.S. Literature and Film

Peter Lurie

Abstract

American Obscurantism argues for a salutary indirection in U.S. culture. From its earliest canonical literary works through films of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the most compelling manifestations of America’s troubled history have articulated this content through a unique formal and tonal obscurity. Envisioning the formidable darkness attending racial history at nearly every stage of the republic’s founding and ongoing development, writers such as William Faulkner and Hart Crane, and directors like the Coen brothers and Stanley Kubrick, present a powerful critique of A ... More

Keywords: film, history, vision, historicist criticism, race, modernism, aesthetics, obscurity, whiteness, “America”

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199797318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199797318.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lurie, author
Associate Professor of Film, University of Richmond

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