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New York Intellectuals
In contrast to other scholars who emphasize the affinity of the "New York Intellectuals" for literary modernism and its largely Jewish composition as its defining characteristics, Wald finds these traits to be secondary to the group's agonizing efforts in the 1930s and after to build a Marxist alternative to the official Communist movement. Wald presents an absorbing accou ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 13th 1987 by The University of North Carolina Press
(first published May 1st 1987)
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Writing in the 1980s, Wald follows the transition of the New York Intellectuals from Marxist anti-communism (which he calls authentic Anti-Stalinism) to liberal anti-communism (bogus Anti-Stalinism) by focusing on the social context of this transition. His main goals are to reassert the primacy of Trotskyism, and to provide a corrective to the (whether disingenuously or otherwise) attempts by former Marxist anti-Stalinists to re-imagine their radical pasts to weave a narrative of consistent defe ...more
All this establishes is "Social Democracy" is always a YELLOW FLAG for PANTS PISSERS. Very long and wordy on many superficial organizations and self-important devious liars without really substantiating much. The claim is it wasn't just their anti-Stalinism that lead to an embrace of conservatism but the line of continuity in thought was their obsession with intellectuals and cultural affairs (either whooping in approval of or sneering in disdain), as opposed to the proletariat, as the engine of ...more
Alan M. Wald is an American professor emeritus of English Literature and American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and writer of 20th-Century American literature who focuses on Communist writers; he is an expert on the American 20th-Century "Literary Left." ...more
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