Robert Genter, Late Modernism: Art, Culture, and Politics in Cold War America

Robert Genter, Late Modernism: Art, Culture, and Politics in Cold War America ($50, cloth; Amazon) is a study of U.S culture in the 1950s.

According to the publisher:

Beat poets, formalist critics, color-field painters, and critical theorists, among others—debated the relationship between form and content, tradition and innovation, aesthetics and politics. In this compelling work of intellectual and cultural history Genter presents an invigorated tradition of late modernism, centered on the work of Kenneth Burke, Ralph Ellison, C. Wright Mills, David Riesman, Jasper Johns, Norman Brown, and James Baldwin, a tradition that overcame the conservative and reactionary politics of competing modernist practitioners and paved the way for the postmodern turn of the 1960s.