No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920

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University of Chicago Press, 2021 M08 26 - 408 páginas
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A new edition of a classic work of American history that eloquently examines the rise of antimodernism at the turn of the twentieth century.

First published in 1981, T. J. Jackson Lears’s No Place of Grace is a landmark book in American studies and American history, acclaimed for both its rigorous research and the deft fluidity of its prose. A study of responses to the emergent culture of corporate capitalism at the turn of the twentieth century, No Place of Grace charts the development of contemporary consumer society through the embrace of antimodernism—the effort among middle- and upper-class Americans to recapture feelings of authentic experience. Rather than offer true resistance to the increasingly corporatized bureaucracy of the time, however, antimodernism helped accommodate Americans to the new order—it was therapeutic rather than oppositional, a striking forerunner to today’s self-help culture. And yet antimodernism contributed a new dynamic as well, “an eloquent edge of protest,” as Lears puts it, which is evident even today in anticonsumerism, sustainable living, and other practices. This new edition, with a lively and discerning foreword by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, celebrates the fortieth anniversary of this singular work of history.

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Medieval Mentalities in a Modern World
141
Catholic Forms and American Consciousness
183
Patterns of Ambivalence
217
Henry Adams
261
Epilogue
299
Biographical Appendix
313
Notes
325
Index
365
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T. J. Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of numerous books, including Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 18771920 and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America.

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