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Levine, Lawrence W.

Overview
Works: 45 works in 182 publications in 3 languages and 10,668 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Pictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Records and correspondence  Documentary television programs  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction television programs  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Contributor, Speaker
Classifications: E169.1, 973
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Most widely held works about Lawrence W Levine
 
Most widely held works by Lawrence W Levine
Highbrow/lowbrow : the emergence of cultural hierarchy in America by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

36 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unusually wide-ranging study, spanning more than a century and covering such diverse forms of expressive culture as Shakespeare, Central Park, symphonies, jazz, art museums, the Marx Brothers, opera, and vaudeville, a leading cultural historian demonstrates how variable and dynamic cultural boundaries have been and how fragile and recent the cultural categories we have learned to accept as natural and eternal are. For most of the nineteenth century, a wide variety of expressive forms--Shakespearean drama, opera, orchestral music, painting and sculpture, as well as the writings of such authors as Dickens and Longfellow--enjoyed both high cultural status and mass popularity. In the nineteenth century Americans (in addition to whatever specific ethnic, class, and regional cultures they were part of) shared a public culture less hierarchically organized, less fragmented into relatively rigid adjectival groupings than their descendants were to experience. By the twentieth century this cultural eclecticism and openness became increasingly rare. Cultural space was more sharply defined and less flexible than it had been. The theater, once a microcosm of America--housing both the entire spectrum of the population and the complete range of entertainment from tragedy to farce, juggling to ballet, opera to minstrelsy--now fragmented into discrete spaces catering to distinct audiences and separate genres of expressive culture. The same transition occurred in concert halls, opera houses, and museums. A growing chasm between "serious" and "popular," between "high" and "low" culture came to dominate America's expressive arts. ... In this innovative historical exploration, Levine not only traces the emergence of such familiar categories as highbrow and lowbrow at the turn of the century, but helps us to understand more clearly both the process of cultural change and the nature of culture in American society. --Publisher description
Defender of the faith: William Jennings Bryan; the last decade, 1915-1925 by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

24 editions published between 1965 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and history by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years there has been a spate of right-wing books attacking the contemporary university. The idea that the university curriculum has been hijacked by radical professors is an article of faith among conservatives and has fueled more than one best-seller. Until now, there has been no forceful, accessible book responding in a comprehensive way for a wide audience. In The Opening of the American Mind, MacArthur award-winning historian Lawrence W. Levine - whose work Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has called "required reading for everyone interested in American culture and its history"--Takes back the debate with a powerful argument about universities, history, and American identity. Levine shows, first of all, that conservative critics of the university are both systematically wrong and ignorant of history. The canon that they claim is immutable has always been a living thing - shifting with the politics and society of the times. As recently as the late nineteenth century, the very literature the conservatives are nostalgic for was viewed as peripheral; even the president of Yale warned against the perils of studying English or American literature. The western civilization curriculum sixties liberals are accused of dismantling was out of favor before they ever became professorsand was itself the result of a government program after World War I to ensure that American values were taught in the university, not the result of politically neutral inquiry and consensus. With rigorous analysis and wonderfully entertaining storytelling, Levine shows that the new multicultural shift in American culture and education is not the result of a plot by a cabal of politically correct radical professors, but a reflection of a dynamic of social change that is uniquely American - and that is to be celebrated. Levine argues that critics' attacks mask deeper fears of a multicultural society - fears that have ties to old anxieties about immigration and a loss of American identity. Levine defends a positive picture of social change and a new vision of American identity that is inclusive, democratic, and forward-looking
Documenting America, 1935-1943( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unpredictable past : explorations in American cultural history by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The future is certain," according to an old Soviet joke, "it is only the past that is unpredictable." But it is not solely in totalitarian societies that the past is contested terrain. Disagreements about the meaning and significance of past events and people have been part of the landscape in our own society from its inception. To the historian, therefore, the unpredictability of the past is no laughing matter. Indeed, so protracted have historical disputes become in recent years that there has been a growing conviction among many that the venerable craft of history is in a state of crisis. In this collection of essays, Lawrence W. Levine offers a response to the controversy which rages in the academy today. This debate among historians does not concern, as one might think, conflicting interpretations of the past, but rather concentrates upon which past events, peoples, and cultures are significant enough to deserve our attention. Taking issue with those who desire "synthesis" above all else, Levine's book constitutes a passionate call for inclusion, a history that extends the traditional focus on the centers of political, economic, and social power to embrace the panoply of ethnic, racial, regional, occupational, class, and gender groups that have been ignored or distorted in the past, and subject areas--like folk and popular culture--that have been by-passed or denigrated as trivial. The fourteen essays included here seek not to erect new fences and shut more doors but to expand our knowledge, supplement our approaches, and broaden our historical vision. The Unpredictable Past offers discussions of American history and historiography at large, African-American culture, and the times of the Great Depression during which film, radio, photography, and even the comic strip emerged as significant manifestations of a changing American popular culture. There are also examinations of folk songs and folktales, Marcus Garvey's role as a black leader in the 1920s, jazz and American culture, Hollywood's unique view of national government in Washington (especially as seen in the films of Frank Capra), even Shakespeare's role as the most popular playwright in nineteenth-century America. --From publisher's description
The people and the president : America's conversation with FDR by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt began a series of Fireside Chats over the radio in which he shared his hopes and plans with the American people and invited them to "tell me your troubles."" "The invitation was unprecedented and the response tremendous. Millions of letters flooded the White House mailroom from farmers, workers, businessmen, salesmen, housewives, the retired, the unemployed, and people of all races and ethnicities in big cities and small towns throughout the country."--Jacket
Ethnic Notions by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, advertisements, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era and implanted themselves within the American psyche
The shaping of twentieth-century America; interpretive articles by Richard M Abrams( Book )

8 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The national temper : readings in American history by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The national temper; readings in American culture and society by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shaping of twentieth-century America; interpretive essays by Richard M Abrams( Book )

4 editions published between 1965 and 1971 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fireside conversations : America responds to FDR during the Great Depression by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monkey trial( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1925, a biology teacher named John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law. His trial became an epic event of the 20th century, a debate over free speech that spiraled into an all-out duel between science and religion. Featuring two of the century's greatest orators, attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, the Scopes trial was America's first major media event, with hundreds of reporters and live nationwide radio coverage dispersing the sensational news. Outside the courthouse, a circus atmosphere prevailed as a chimpanzee in a suit and hat vied with fire-and-brimstone preachers for the crowd's attention. This film explores the dramatic moment when a new fault line opened in society as scientific discoveries began to challenge the literal truth of the Bible. Often humorous and at times frightening, the story of two value systems colliding resonates today
Black culture & Black consciousness by Lawrence W Levine( Recording )

3 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence Levine, author of a book on Black culture, discusses the preservation of that culture through oral transmission and folklore. He notes the importance of religion in Black culture and the use of humor as a cathartic device
William Jennings Bryan : the last decade, 1915-1925 by Lawrence W Levine( )

3 editions published between 1957 and 1962 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documenting America, 1935-1943( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haiburau rōburau : Amerika ni okeru bunka hierarukī no shutsugen( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highbrow by Lawrence W Levine( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documenting America, 1935-1943( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melodrama unveiled : American theater and culture, 1800-1850 by David Grimsted( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Highbrow/lowbrow : the emergence of cultural hierarchy in America
Alternative Names
Lawrence W. Levine American historian

Lawrence W. Levine Amerikaans historicus (1933-2006)

レヴィーン, ローレンス・W

Languages
English (150)

Japanese (2)

French (2)

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Defender of the faith: William Jennings Bryan; the last decade, 1915-1925The opening of the American mind : canons, culture, and historyDocumenting America, 1935-1943The unpredictable past : explorations in American cultural historyThe people and the president : America's conversation with FDRThe fireside conversations : America responds to FDR during the Great DepressionDocumenting America, 1935-1943Documenting America, 1935-1943Melodrama unveiled : American theater and culture, 1800-1850