What are the similarities in how writers of the Great Depression and the Cold War eras responded to their respective political and social climates.
The Great Depression and the Cold War were two moments in which specific social and political changes in U.S. society affected the production of American literature. Using a total of four short literary works from the 1930s and the Cold War era make an argument that explains the similarities and/or differences in how writers of the Great Depression and the Cold War eras responded to their respective political and social climates. Consider the different political issues at play in the 1930s as opposed to the 1950s-1960s, as well as the similar yet different ways in which writers from both eras went about the work of examining those issues in their literature. I will provide the 4 short readings. The paper should use two academic secondary sources that are relevant to the texts and/or issues your argument addresses. These sources should be limited to: articles published in scholarly journals, scholarly books. All sources you select must be included and locatable in the MLA International Bibliography published by university presses, or chapters in scholarly essay collections. In the paper, you should use these arguments first to characterize the range of relevant critical arguments already out there (a characterization that should be made in your introduction or close to the start of your own analysis). Your characterization of those arguments should make it clear how your argument, in this paper, is either offering a new insight to an ongoing debate, directly challenging an extant consensus, or expanding and building upon the claims of other scholars. Then, you should select individual claims and interpretations by your selected sources to incorporate briefly into the body of your paper, when appropriate and effective: these claims should either illustrate an inadequate understanding of the text that your reading is improving upon, or provide an insight that supports and lends credence to your own interpretation.