The essay deals with a lesserknown wing of American conservatism: antiprogressive and antiindustrial Southern Agrarian intellectuals, based at Vanderbilt University of Nashville (Tn.). Between the 1920s and the 1930s, they focused on a critical analysis of the selfrepresentation of America as a progressive nation, and affirm the primacy of a traditional and agrarian Gemeinschaft over the modern and industrial society embodied by the United States. Their view lied on a reevaluation of the Old South intellectual heritage through the appropriation of elements of conservative European thought. The essay thus emphasizes the influence of Europe in shaping the Southern Agrarians' vision of the traditional society. Such vision was markedly different from the conventional image conveyed by progressive and industrial America. Overthrowing the usual exceptionalist separation between Europe and America, the Southern Agrar¬ians joined the intellectual struggle to redefine the American identity.

Tra «Old South» e «Old World»: i Southern Agrarians e la critica conservatrice del progresso americano

CENTO, MICHELE
2012

Abstract

The essay deals with a lesserknown wing of American conservatism: antiprogressive and antiindustrial Southern Agrarian intellectuals, based at Vanderbilt University of Nashville (Tn.). Between the 1920s and the 1930s, they focused on a critical analysis of the selfrepresentation of America as a progressive nation, and affirm the primacy of a traditional and agrarian Gemeinschaft over the modern and industrial society embodied by the United States. Their view lied on a reevaluation of the Old South intellectual heritage through the appropriation of elements of conservative European thought. The essay thus emphasizes the influence of Europe in shaping the Southern Agrarians' vision of the traditional society. Such vision was markedly different from the conventional image conveyed by progressive and industrial America. Overthrowing the usual exceptionalist separation between Europe and America, the Southern Agrar¬ians joined the intellectual struggle to redefine the American identity.
RICERCHE DI STORIA POLITICA
M. Cento
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