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Banta, Martha

Works: 45 works in 217 publications in 3 languages and 13,218 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  History  Fables  Romance fiction  Historical fiction  Caricatures and cartoons  Animated films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3545.H16, 813.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Martha Banta
Columbia literary history of the United States by Emory Elliott( Book )

18 editions published between 1965 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 4,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overzicht van de Amerikaanse letterkunde
The house of mirth by Edith Wharton( )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of American manners and morals at the turn of the century offers the saga of Lily Bart, a beautiful heroine who lacks one requirement for marrying well in New York society--her own money
Failure & success in America : a literary debate by Martha Banta( )

17 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranging widely over a span of three hundred and fifty years of discussion and controversy, Martha Banta's book makes a fundamental contribution to the continuing debate on the nature of success and failure in a specifically American context. Her Whitmanesque view of the debate takes in the work of innumerable writers, particularly Emerson, Thoreau, Twain, Melville, Henry Adams, William and Henry James, Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, and Norman Mailer. She draws on the work of philosophers, psychologists, and historians as well. Rather than discussing failure and success as merely economic or political statistics, Professor Banta explores them in terms of attitudes and concepts. She asks what it feels like for an American to succeed or fail in a country that is often defined in relation to its own success or failure as an idea and as an experience. While examining the thoughts, feelings, and language of Americans caught in the dialectic between winning and losing, the author reveals the strain Americans feel in fulfilling the overall scheme of their own lives as well as the life or destiny of their country. Originally published in 1979. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Imaging American women : idea and ideals in cultural history by Martha Banta( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New essays on The American by Martha Banta( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American (1877) was written the very year Henry James committed himself to making his way as an author outside America. It thus formed part of the brief that James had to draw up both for and against his countrymen. This 1987 collection of essays casts light on this and other major aspects of the novel: the French literary influences on James as he gravitated between the genres of the romantic and the realistic novel; the many-layered French political scene that he incorporated into the novel; the complex gender roles of his characters; and the pervasive effect of capitalism upon them
Henry James and the occult; the great extension by Martha Banta( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford by Martha Banta( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific management: Technology spawned it, Frederick Winslow Taylor championed it, Thorstein Veblen dissected it, Henry Ford implemented it. By the turn of the century, practical visionaries prided themselves on having arrived at "the one best way" both to increase industrial productivity and to regulate the vagaries of human behavior. Nothing escaped the efficiency craze, and in this vivid, wide-ranging book, Martha Banta explores its effect on the culture at large. To the Taylorists, everthing needed tidying up: government, business, warfare, households, and, most of all, the workplace, with its unruly influx of strangers into the native scenes. Taylored Lives gives us a striking sense of what it was like to live, work, love, and die when time, motion, and emotions were checked off on worksheets and management charts. Canvasing the culture, Banta shows how the cause of efficiency was taken up in narratives, of every sort - in mail-order catalogs, popular romances, newspaper stories, and personal testimonials "from below," as well as in the canonical works of writers from Henry Adams and William James, to Sinclair Lewis, Nathanael West, and William Faulkner. The strategies of impassioned theorists and hands-on practitioners affected the kinds-of narratives produced in the controversy over the pros and cons of the management culture; they bear an eerie resemblance to the means by which we today, storytellers all, keep trying to make sense of our own chaotic times. This interdisciplinary work charts the development of a managerial culture from its start in the steel mills of Pennsylvania through its spread across the American experience in an interlocking series of social systems and everyday practices. Banta scrutinizes narrative strategies employed by "inscribers" as diverse as Josephine Goldmark, Theodore Roosevelt, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anzia Yezierska, Richard Harding Davis, Booker T. Washington, and Theodore Dreiser; by Taylor himself, as well as Veblen and Ford; by women who toiled on the factory floor; by writers of dream-copy for ready-made houses; and by Buster Keaton in his silent treatment of the dysfuntional honeymoon home. With its historical scope and its provocative readings of assorted narratives, this richly illustrated book offers a complex and disturbing picture of a period, as well as invaluable insights into the way theory-making continually makes and breaks cultures. A remarkable work, Taylored Lives confirms Martha Banta's place as one of our leading cultural and literary critics
The shadow of a dream ; and, An imperative duty by William Dean Howells( Book )

12 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One true theory & the quest for an American aesthetic by Martha Banta( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: "Counter Martha Banta reaches across several disciplines to investigate America's early quest to shape an aesthetic equal to the nation's belief in its cultural worth. Marked by an unusually wide-ranging sweep, the book focuses on three major "testing grounds" where nineteenth-century Americans responded to Ralph Waldo Emerson's call to embrace "everything" in order to uncover the theoretical principles underlying "the idea of creation." The interactions of those who rose to this urgent challenge artists, architects, writers, politicians, and the technocrats of scientific inquiry brought about an engrossing tangle of achievements and failures. The first section of the book traces efforts to advance the status of the arts in the face of the aspersion that America lacked an Art Soul as deep as Europe's. Following that is a hard look at heated political debates over how to embellish the architecture of Washington, D.C., with the icons of cherished republican ideals. The concluding section probes novels in which artists' lives are portrayed and aesthetic principles tested." (
Barbaric intercourse : caricature and the culture of conduct, 1841-1936 by Martha Banta( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banta tells the story of a century of social upheaval and the satiric attacks it inspired in leading periodicals in both England and America. She explores the politics of caricature and cartoon from 1841 to 1936
The theory of the leisure class. 1899 by Thorstein Veblen( )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this scathing book, the author produced a landmark study of affluent American society that exposes, with brilliant ruthlessness, the habits of production and waste that link invidious business tactics and barbaric social behavior. Veblen's analysis of the evolutionary process sees greed as the overriding motive in the modern economy, and with an impartial gaze he examines the human cost paid when social institutions exploit the consumption of unessential goods for the sake of personal profit. Fashion, beauty, animals, sports, the home, the clergy, scholars--all are assessed for their true usefulness and found wanting. Indeed, this critique covers all aspects of modern life from dress, class, the position of women, home decoration, industry, business, and sport, to religion, scholarship, and education
Words at work in Vanity Fair : language shifts in crucial times, 1914-1930 by Martha Banta( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banta draws upon essays in Vanity Fair by noted journalists, literary figures, and cultural critics in order to examine the manner by which major cultural and historical events in the United States and Britain led to the invention of previously non-existent words to express the rampant changes within society
Washington Square by Henry James( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Back when New York was still young, so was heiress Catherine Sloper. A simple, plain girl, she grew up in opulence with a disappointed father and a fluttery aunt in a grand house on Washington Square. Enter Morris Townsend, a handsome charmer who assures Catherine he loves her for herself and not for her money. But Catherine's revered father sees in Townsend what she cannot. Now, with her tearful aunt Penniman as his amusingly melodramatic ally, Townsend will present Catherine with the hardest choice of her young life."--Publisher's website
Discovery and response; drama, fiction, and poetry, with an appendix on writing and reading by Martha Banta( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry James : an alien's "History" of America by Martha Banta( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Washington Square: Edited with an Introduction by Martha Banta (Penguin Classics) by Henry James( )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two worlds of Henry James, a study in the fiction of the supernatural by Martha Banta( )

7 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Novel by Martha Banta( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Penguin Classics Introduction to Washington Square by Henry James by Martha Banta( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Harper single volume American literature( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Columbia literary history of the United States
The house of mirthNew essays on The AmericanTaylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and FordOne true theory & the quest for an American aestheticBarbaric intercourse : caricature and the culture of conduct, 1841-1936The theory of the leisure class. 1899Words at work in Vanity Fair : language shifts in crucial times, 1914-1930Washington SquareThe Harper single volume American literature
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