Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Penn State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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The project now known as Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth- Century America was ten years in the making. Although I often felt alone in front of my computer...
Introduction: Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics
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In contemporary America, the rise of reality TV, the proliferation of daytime talk shows, the endless parade of celebrity confessions, and the insatiable market for fake memoirs such as James...
1. Confession and Sexuality: True Story Versus Anthony Comstock
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In May 1919, the eccentric American health crusader, sexologist, and entrepreneur Bernarr Macfadden published the first issue of True Story Magazine — and thus “the modern confessions industry came into...
2. Confession and Class: A New True Story
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By 1936, when the New Masses put an effeminate, busted, brassiered, fingernail- polished, phallus-fondling caricature of Macfadden on its cover, it had become commonplace to decry...
3.Confession and Race: Civil Rights, Segregation, and the Murder of Emmett Till
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On October 23, 1955, the journalist William Bradford Huie met Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam in the Sumner, Mississippi, law offices of Breland & Whitten. One month earlier, a handpicked, all-white jury deliberated for sixty-seven minutes before declaring...
4.Confession and Violence: William Styron’s Nat Turner
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Twelve years after the death of Emmett Till, the question of confession was once again at the center of American racial politics...
5. Confession and Religion: Jimmy Swaggart’s Secular Confession
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On February 21, 1988, Jimmy Swaggart publicly confessed to the more than eight thousand people crowded into his Baton Rouge Family Worship Center. The confession was, by all accounts...
6. Confession and Democracy: Clinton, Starr, and the Witch-Hunt Tradition of American Confession
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On April 25, 1998, three months into the Monica Lewinsky scandal, President William Jefferson Clinton finally confessed. Theretofore, despite public calls for public confessions, the Clinton administration...
Conclusion: James Frey and Twenty-First-Century Confessional Culture
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On January 8, 2006, the investigative website the Smoking Gun incited a media firestorm by reporting that James Frey’s memoir A Million Little Pieces was filled with “fabrications, falsehoods...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation