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By Robert Cantwell

Demonstrating the intimate connections between our public, political, and private lives, those essays by means of Robert Cantwell discover the vernacular tradition of daily life. A willing and cutting edge observer of yankee tradition, Cantwell casts a extensive and penetrating intelligence over the cultural functioning of renowned texts, artifacts, and performers, analyzing how cultural practices develop into performances and the way performances turn into artifacts endowed with new that means in the course of the transformative acts of mind's eye. Cantwell's issues of departure variety from the visible and the literary--a picture of Woody Guthrie, or a poem by means of John Keats--to significant cultural exhibitions similar to the World's Columbian Exposition. In most of these domain names, he unravels the results for neighborhood and cultural lifetime of a continuous migration, transformation, and reformulation of cultural content material.

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