Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America

By (author) Dave Tell

Paperback - £19.95

Publication date:

15 July 2015

Length of book:

248 pages

Publisher

Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271056296

Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America revolutionizes how we think about confession and its ubiquitous place in American culture. It argues that the sheer act of labeling a text a confession has become one of the most powerful, and most overlooked, forms of intervening in American cultural politics. In the twentieth century alone, the genre of confession has profoundly shaped (and been shaped by) six of America’s most intractable cultural issues: sexuality, class, race, violence, religion, and democracy.

“Tell’s Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America provides a critical and fascinating account of the always already ‘confessional anxiety’ that animates American public life and political culture.”

—Corey D. B. Walker, Journal of American History