Literary Legacies of the Federal Writers’ Project: Voices of by Sara Rutkowski

By Sara Rutkowski

The first book-length literary research of the WPA’s Federal Writers’ undertaking (FWP)—a vast New Deal application that positioned millions to paintings documenting the rustic in the course of the melancholy. Drawing on serious histories, archival files, and choose works of fiction, the ebook examines the character and heritage of the FWP’s documentary technique and its literary imprint, relatively on 3 key black American writers: Ralph Ellison, Dorothy West, and Margaret Walker. via aiming their documentary lenses so accurately on person voices, folklore, and cultural groups, FWP writers may eventually eschew the social realism of thirties tradition in prefer of topics surrounding own and cultural identities within the postwar era. This concise quantity demonstrates how the FWP served as a repository from which some of the so much precious 20th century writers drew fabric, suggestions, and philosophical path in ways in which could support steer the process American writing.

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