Native Informant : Essays on Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture

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Native Informant : Essays on Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture

Leo Braudy


Praise for Leo Braudy

The Frenzy of Renown
“In a masterful historical analysis that moves
from the Homeric age to People, Braudy
demonstrates that the elusive concept of fame
changes as its historical context changes…
A solid and absorbing work that will be useful
in many academic disciplines.”
—Milton Meltzer, Library Journal

“Remarkably ambitious . . . an impressive
tour de force.”
—Washington Post Book World

“Expansive…Braudy excels at rocketing a
general point into the air with the fuel of
drama.” —Harper’s

From Chivalry to Terrorism
“Which comes first–war or masculinity?
…Criticizing innate notions of masculinity while
praising the nobility of manliness’ many mutable
forms, Braudy’s synthesis is intelligent and wide
ranging…Its gender-identity-based analysis of
present-day wars is also timely and appropriate.”
—Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

“History in the grand manner, pulled off with
brilliance, wonderful imagination and considerable
—The Washington Post Book World

“History at its most powerful. It is impossible to do
justice to the range of fascinating material
in this book.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A terrific topic…The book displays Braudy?s loving
immersion in his subject, fine grasp of historical
complexity, and aversion for glib or
dogmatic judgments.”
—The New York Times Book Review

Publication Date06/2008 ISBN: 9781932800357 Number of Pages 470
Author Biography
Leo Braudy is a University Professor, Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature, and Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He has written seven books on literature, film, and culture.
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