The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press, 5/6/2010
EAN 9780521735544, ISBN10: 0521735548

Paperback, 238 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
Language: English

Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.

landmarks Kevin R. McNamara
1. The literature of the Californios Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita
2. The Anglo invention of Los Angeles William Alexander McClung
3. LA fiction through mid-century David Wyatt
4. German exiles and British expatriates in 1930s–1940s LA Russell A. Berman
5. Postwar Los Angeles
suburban Eden and the fall into history Patrick O'Donnell
6. Los Angeles in the African-American literary imagination Charles Scruggs
7. Pacific Rim city
Asian-American and Latino literature James Kyung-Jin Lee
8. The literature of urban rebellion Julian Murphet
9. City of sleuths William Marling
10. LA's science fiction futures David Seed
11. Hollywood fictions Chip Rhodes
12. The Southland on screen Mark Shiel
13. Los Angeles poetry scenes and movements Bill Mohr
14. Surf, sagebrush, and cement rivers
reimagining nature in LA J. Scott Bryson
15. Essaying Los Angeles Eric Avila
Guide to further reading