The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Chronologyp. x
Introduction: landmarksp. 1
The literature of the Californiosp. 13
The Anglo invention of Los Angelesp. 23
LA fiction through mid-centuryp. 35
British expatriates and German exiles in 1930s-1940s Los Angelesp. 49
Postwar Los Angeles: suburban Eden and the fall into historyp. 59
Los Angeles and the African-American literary imaginationp. 75
Pacific Rim city: Asian-American and Latino literaturep. 87
The literature of urban rebellionp. 101
City of sleuthsp. 111
Los Angeles' science fiction futuresp. 123
Hollywood fictionsp. 135
The Southland on Screenp. 145
Scenes and movements in Southern California poetryp. 157
Surf, sagebrush, and cement rivers: Reimagining nature in Los Angelesp. 167
Essaying Los Angelesp. 177
Guide to further readingp. 191
Indexp. 197
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