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Hip Figures

A Literary History of the Democratic Party

Hip Figures by Michael Szalay
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Hip Figures dramatically alters our understanding of the postwar American novel by showing how it mobilized fantasies of black style on behalf of the Democratic Party. Fascinated by jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll, novelists such as Norman Mailer, Ralph Ellison, John Updike, and Joan Didion turned to hip culture to negotiate the voter realignments then reshaping national politics. Figuratively transporting white professionals and managers into the skins of African Americans, these novelists and many others insisted on their own importance to the ambitions of a party dependent on coalition-building but not fully committed to integration. Arbiters of hip for readers who weren't, they effectively branded and marketed the liberalism of their moment—and ours.
Stanford University Press; June 2012
336 pages; ISBN 9780804782616
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Title: Hip Figures
Author: Michael Szalay
 
ISBNs
080478261X
9780804776349
9780804782616