5/2 – Literature and Politics during the Great Depression

MCNYDuring the economic crisis of the 1930s, the
written word became an activist political tool.
America’s “proletarian literature” movement
produced novels and poems that promoted social
reform and political revolution. Why did artists,
particularly writers, feel the need to become
political and what was the effect of their
work? Join noted essayist, fiction writer, film
critic, and poet PHILLIP LOPATE, distinguished
critic MORRIS DICKSTEIN, Professor of English,
CUNY, and LINDA GORDON, Professor of History,
NYU for a provocative conversation about literature, art, and politics.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
www.mcny.org

Reservations Required
$6 students. When registering online, enter discount code EDU52
Register online at www.boxoffice.mcny.org or call 917-492-3395

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