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Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Stephen Schryer


America's post-World War II prosperity created a boom in higher education, expanding the number of university-educated readers and making a new literary politics possible. Writers began to direct their work toward the growing professional class, and the American public in turn became more open to literary culture. This relationship imbued fiction with a new social and cultural import, allowing authors to envision themselves as unique cultural educators. It also changed the nature of literary representation: writers came to depict social reality as a tissue of ideas produced by knowledge elites ... More

Keywords: post-World War II, American literature, professional class, literary culture, literary representation, social reality, postwar American writers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157575
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Schryer, author