100 Years of the American Dream: Representations and Conceptions in American Literature, 1919-2019
This collection offers examinations of the concept of the American Dream across a broad and diverse range of works. The analytical methods utilized by the authors, who are all clearly extremely knowledgeable experts in their fields, are as unique as the content they examine is varied. Each chapter offers innovative insights, which, while founded on literary critique, transcend the field of literature and touch upon issues related to economics, education, gender, immigration, psychology, race, and religion, to name but a few.
Michael Kearney is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Kogakuin University, Japan. He received his PhD in Literary and Critical Theory from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and has published articles and chapters on such topics as identity formation, literature, auditory art, retinal art, and philosophy. He is the editor of From Conflict to Recognition: Moving Multiculturalism Forward and the author of Four Letter Words (a book of poetry), and he frequently contributes texts, retinal art, and auditory art to the magazine One Imperative. He is also the founder of The Symbolic Order Project, a collaborative venture examining the intersections of image, sound, and text.
"There are almost as many versions of the Dream as there are US citizens, maybe even more, given the billions of aspiring United Statesians all over the planet. Some are frustrated, broken or disappointed dreams. Some are out-and-out nightmares. But life without dreams and visions is mere existence. Elevate your mere existence with a copy of 100 Years of the American Dream. God alone knows what the next 100 years will foist upon us."
Chris Sorochin, Singapore Review of Books
Gisele Giandoni Wolkoff
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