1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) by John Dos Passos

By John Dos Passos

Foreword through E. L. Doctorow.


With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos maintains his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on book of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but additionally for its groundbreaking kind. back, applying a number of experimental units that may motivate an entire new new release of writers to stick with, Dos Passos captures the various textures, flavors, and history noises of recent existence with a cinematic contact and remarkable nerve.

1919 opens to discover the United States and the area at warfare, and Dos Passos's characters, lots of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We persist with the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas lady, a tender poet, an intensive Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.

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Hale (long-standing editor of Godey’s Ladies Book, journalist, and conduct author). Tonkovich argues that Hale paradoxically reinscribed the terms of gendered marginalization for herself and for the women she was attempting to instruct in acceptable rhetorical practices because Hale’s authority as an author was based on her role as an interpreter of cultural conventions that sought to stabilize class and gender. Across Hale’s polemics about language use, Tonkovich reads the playing out of American middle-class anxiety about protecting the status quo through language conventions.

O’Connor elaborates on the mentality of “let you women be silent in churches” that characterized antebellum attitudes toward women speaking in public by observing that one of the deepest objections against women orators appeared to be the belief that when women strayed from their proper sphere, their moral character became suspect and their words untrustworthy: So long as woman confined her efforts for reform to attendance at prayer meetings and at sewing circles, and to contributions of money, her activities were not subject to criticism.

Fenno and other parlor rhetoricians mirror the ideological orientation of prominent, postbellum academic rhetoricians like G. P. 12 These rhetoricians persistently defined the rhetorician as male, and they discussed the ethics and epistemology of rhetoric with the male as the universal prototype. As Quackenbos observes in his treatise, Advanced Course of Composition and Rhetoric (1879), spoken language is employed by man alone and language use in general is the sole province of men because men alone possess reason (13).

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