The word on the streets [electronic resource] : the American language of vernacular modernism / Brooks E. Hefner
- Hefner, Brooks E.
- Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- x, 285 pages ; 24 cm
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- Introduction: slanguage: toward a theory of American vernacular modernism -- "The steady reaching out for new and vivid forms": H. L. Mencken and the American revolution of the word -- "Never mind the comical stuff . . . they ain't no joke about this!": Ring Lardner, Anita Loos, and the comic origins of vernacular modernism -- "I didn't understand the words, but my voice was like dynamite": Anzia Yezierska, Mike Gold, and the Jewish American break with realism -- "Say it with lead": Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, and modernism's underworld vernacular -- "The necromancy of language": realist uplift and the urban vernacular in Rudolph Fisher and Claude McKay -- Conclusion: "but mostly U.S.A. is the speech of the people": modernism's familial.
- 9780813940403 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780813940410 (softcover : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index.
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