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The Resource The death and life of Main Street : small towns in American memory, space and community, Miles Orvell

The death and life of Main Street : small towns in American memory, space and community, Miles Orvell

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The death and life of Main Street : small towns in American memory, space and community
Title
The death and life of Main Street
Title remainder
small towns in American memory, space and community
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Miles Orvell
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Language
eng
Summary
"For more than a century, the term "Main Street" has conjured up nostalgic images of American small-town life. Representations exist all around us, from fiction and film to the architecture of shopping malls and Disneyland. All the while, the nation has become increasingly diverse, exposing tensions within this ideal. In Main Street, Miles Orvell wrestles with the mythic allure of the small town in all its forms, illustrating how Americans continue to reinscribe these images on real places in order to forge consensus about inclusion and civic identity, especially in times of crisis. Orvell underscores the fact that Main Street was never what it seemed; it has always been much more complex than it appears, as he shows in his discussions of figures like Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, Frank Capra, Thornton Wilder, Margaret Bourke-White, and Walker Evans. He argues that translating the overly tidy cultural metaphor into real spaces--as has been done in recent decades, especially in the new urbanist planned communities of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany--actually diminishes the communitarian ideals at the center of this nostalgic construct. Orvell investigates the way these tensions play out in a variety of cultural realms and explores the rise of literary and artistic traditions that deliberately challenge the tropes and assumptions of small-town ideology and life"--
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Orvell, Miles
Dewey number
307.76/20973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT123
LC item number
.O78 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Small cities
  • City and town life
  • Community life
  • Community development
  • Kleine steden
  • Dorpsleven
  • Mythevorming
  • Collectief geheugen
  • Representatie (algemeen)
  • Cultuur
  • Verenigde Staten
Label
The death and life of Main Street : small towns in American memory, space and community, Miles Orvell
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=38193
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-268) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Main street mythologies -- Fighting extinction: the reinvention of Main Street -- Living on Main Street: Sinclair Lewis and the great cultural divide -- Main Street as memory -- Main Street: belonging and not belonging -- Utopian dreams: from Forest Hills to Greenbelt -- Rethinking suburbia: Levittown or the new urbanism? -- Main Street in the city -- Conclusion: consuming Main Street
Control code
ocn777327493
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 286 pages
Isbn
9781469617558
Lccn
2012005086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807835685
  • (OCoLC)777327493
Label
The death and life of Main Street : small towns in American memory, space and community, Miles Orvell
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=38193
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Main street mythologies -- Fighting extinction: the reinvention of Main Street -- Living on Main Street: Sinclair Lewis and the great cultural divide -- Main Street as memory -- Main Street: belonging and not belonging -- Utopian dreams: from Forest Hills to Greenbelt -- Rethinking suburbia: Levittown or the new urbanism? -- Main Street in the city -- Conclusion: consuming Main Street
Control code
ocn777327493
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 286 pages
Isbn
9781469617558
Lccn
2012005086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807835685
  • (OCoLC)777327493

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