Daniel wrote a new post, Daniel Carlson: response to William J. Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing”, on the site Black Listed: African American Writers and the Cold War Politics of Integration, Surveillance, Censorship, and Publication 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Although written well before the election of Donald Trump, it’s difficult to read Maxwell’s Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-read African American Writing without comparing the current adm […]
HI Dan, Thanks for this. Maxwell focuses on Black writers who came under Hoover’s scrutiny. He was also obsessed with all Left-leaning writers (the Rosenbergs, of course), with gay writers, with academics. I hope we go back and look at some of the McCarthy hearings–they are as “ham fisted” as the accusations today: lives were lost, people were deported. And the press and publishers were as complicit then as now. AND . . . so was the opposition and the remarkable outpouring of art, as you suggest. That will be a current throughout the course: how art survives against such odds.