By Casey Nelson Blake
The "Young American" critics—Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis Mumford—are popular as important figures within the Greenwich Village "Little Renaissance" of the 1910s and within the postwar debates approximately American tradition and politics. In loved group, Casey Blake considers those intellectuals as a coherant staff and assesses the relationship among thier cultural criticisms and their makes an attempt to forge a communitarian replacement to liberal and socialist poitics.Blake attracts on biography to stress the intersection of questions of self, tradition, and society of their demands a tradition of "personality" and "self-fulfillment." unlike the tendency of past analyses to split those critics' cultural and autobiographical writings from their politics, Blake argues that their cultural feedback grew out of an intensive imaginative and prescient of self-realization via participation in a democratic tradition and polity. He additionally examines the younger American writers' interpretations of such turn-of-the-century radicals as William Morris, Henry George, John Dewey, and Patrick Geddes and indicates that this adversary culture nonetheless deals very important insights into modern concerns in American politics and culture.Beloved neighborhood reestablishes the democratic content material of the younger american citizens' perfect of "personality" and argues opposed to viewing a monolithic healing tradition because the sole successor to a Victorian "culture of character." The politics of selfhood that used to be so severe to the younger american citizens' undertaking has remained a contested terrain in the course of the 20th century.
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Nor was such an argument purely American, the product of this country's Puritan and revolutionary founding myths. European thinkers inspired by the promise of a scientific analysis of society also drew heavily on romantic and republican perspectives on industrial life. A distinction between an organic community and industrial-capitalist society, Gemeinschaft and Gesselschaft, was central to the first generation of European social scientists, as Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Ferdinand Tönnies attempted to make sense of the consequences of industrial capitalist development for modern social relations.
Newcombe Foundation, the Provost's Office of Reed College, and the Office of Research and the University Graduate School at Indiana University. This book has made all too many demands on members of my family. I can hardly begin to acknowledge their contributions here. Each of my parents taught me in different ways that ideas matter, a family blessing (or curse) I hope to pass on to my children. I thank my mother, Petty Nelson Blake, for her constant care and good humor during my seemingly endless education.
The drama enacted on these pages begins with the personal but reaches toward the historical: Progressivism, immigration, world war, metropolitan popular culture, the beginnings of mass consumer culture, all play a role in setting the pace and the agenda of the intellectual labors of this group. Ideas are situated within both private and collective life. Blake treats his figures as a group, the "Young Americans," but nicely discriminates among them, tracking each as a separate but related story of personal struggle and intellectual development.
Beloved Community: The Cultural Criticism of Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis Mumford by Casey Nelson Blake