Download PDF by Cecelia Tichi: Exposés and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900/2000

By Cecelia Tichi

ISBN-10: 0812237633

ISBN-13: 9780812237634

From robber barons to giant CEOs, from the exertions unrest of the Eighties to the mass layoffs of the Nineteen Nineties, American Gilded Ages--one within the early 1900s, one other within the ultimate years of the 20 th century--mirror one another of their laissez-faire extra and rampant social crises. either eras have ignited the civic passions of investigative writers who've drafted diagnostic blueprints for urgently wanted swap. The compelling narratives of the muckrakers--Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Ray Stannard Baker between them--became best-sellers and prize-winners 100 years in the past; this day, Cecelia Tichi notes, they've got came upon their useful successors in writers resembling Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, and Naomi Klein. In Exposes and extra Tichi explores the 2 Gilded a while in the course of the lens in their muckrakers. Drawing from her massive and wide-ranging paintings in American stories, Tichi information how the writers of the 1st muckraking new release used fact-based narratives in magazines similar to McClure's to awaken the U.S. public to civic motion in an period of unbridled commercial capitalism and worry of the barbarous immigrant "dangerous classes." providing a damning cultural research of the recent Gilded Age, Tichi depicts a booming, insecure, citadel the USA of bulked up child strollers, McMansion housing, and an obsession with money-as-lifeline in an period of deregulation, yawning source of revenue gaps, and idolatry of the industry and its rock-star CEOs. not anyone has captured this era of corrosive growth extra acutely than the crowd of nonfiction writers who burst at the scene within the past due Nineteen Nineties with their exposes of the fast-food undefined, the realm of low-wage paintings, insufficient wellbeing and fitness care,corporate branding, and the multi-billion-dollar legal undefined. And nowhere have those authors--Ehrenreich, Schlosser, Klein, Laurie Garrett, and Joseph Hallinan--revealed extra approximately their emergence as writers and the connections among journalism and literary narrative than within the wealthy and insightful interviews that around out the e-book. With ardour and wit, Exposes and extra brings a literary style modern at a second while the USA has long gone again to the longer term.

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A major point has been thus largely missed so far by novelists who are surrounded by this dizzying obsession with money up and down class strata and across ethnicities and gender and region in the United States It is that money-whether in hand or only dreamed of-had now become one means of forting up in fearsome times. In the new environment of money, societal purchase solely meant purchasing power. Money was now a rarer and rarifying passport to the good life, a talisman and redoubt for fortress America-and for those without it, a wish-fantasy and shimmering mirage in a time of parching, lifethreatening drought in a minimum-wage world, which Ehrenreich chronicles first-hand in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and which Naomi Klein and Eric Schlosser engage in No Logo and in Fast Food Nation.

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Writers in belletristic traditions have similarly veered away from money as a cultural core issue. Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, for instance, have been repeatedly drawn to sociopolitical codes and conspiracies; Ann Beattie and Ann Tyler to problematic personal relationships; David Foster Wallace to consumerist and other addictions, and to narrative deconstruction; Barbara Kingsolver to bio-environmentalism; Russell Banks and Richard Russo to workingclass life, to its dynamics per se and to elegiac treatment of its passing in a bygone America.

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