Analyzes experiences of Stephen Blackpool as character whose soul is trapped in sociocultural & political prisons. Ideas of sociologist Michel Foucault. Sophisticated language.
Examines biases related to war, economics, immigration policy, media portrayal, culture, scapegoating.
URBAN SETTINGS IN FICTION.
Examines role & significance of settings & impact on characters in Dickens' [Hard Times], Doctorow's [Ragtime], Dos Passos' [Manhattan Transfer] & Chester Himes' [If He Hollers Let Him Go].
THE INFLUENTIAL DECADE OF 1910-1920.
Cites social, political, economic & artistic accomplishments of the decade. Long-term impact of the 1917 Russian Revolution & growth of power of the Soviet Union. World War I and its effects. Emigration to the U.S. of European immigrants. The Lost Generation. Post war prosperity in the U.S. Effect of Stock Market Crash.