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Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Iowa Pr
Publication date October 15, 2015
Pages 232
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781609383718
ISBN-10 1609383710
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $22.50
Other format details university press
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During and just after World War II, an influential group of American writers and intellectuals projected a vision for literature that would save the free world. Novels, stories, plays, and poems, they believed, could inoculate weak minds against simplistic totalitarian ideologies, heal the spiritual wounds of global catastrophe, and just maybe prevent the like from happening again. As the Cold War began, high-minded and well-intentioned scholars, critics, and writers from across the political spectrum argued that human values remained crucial to civilization and that such values stood in dire need of formulation and affirmation. They believed that the complexity of literature—of ideas bound to concrete images, of ideologies leavened with experiences—enshrined such values as no other medium could.

Creative writing emerged as a graduate discipline in the United States amid this astonishing swirl of grand conceptions. The early workshops were formed not only at the time of, but in the image of, and under the tremendous urgency of, the postwar imperatives for the humanities. Vivid renderings of personal experience would preserve the liberal democratic soul—a soul menaced by the gathering leftwing totalitarianism of the USSR and the memory of fascism in Italy and Germany.

Workshops of Empire explores this history via the careers of Paul Engle at the University of Iowa and Wallace Stegner at Stanford. In the story of these founding fathers of the discipline, Eric Bennett discovers the cultural, political, literary, intellectual, and institutional underpinnings of creative writing programs within the university. He shows how the model of literary technique championed by the first writing programs—a model that values the interior and private life of the individual, whose experiences are not determined by any community, ideology, or political system—was born out of this Cold War context and continues to influence the way creative writing is taught, studied, read, and written into the twenty-first century.


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from Univ of Iowa Pr (October 15, 2015); titled "Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War"
9781609383718 | details & prices | 232 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $22.50
About: During and just after World War II, an influential group of American writers and intellectuals projected a vision for literature that would save the free world.

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