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Maximum Feasible Participation: American Literature and the War on Poverty

Stephen Schryer


Ranging from the 1950s to the present, Maximum Feasible Participation traces the literary legacy of the War on Poverty. After World War II, countercultural and minority writers developed an antiformalist art that privileged process over product, rejecting literary conventions that separated authors from their audiences. This aesthetic was part of a broader trend toward participatory professionalism: an emerging model of expert work that challenged boundaries between professionals and clients. During the War on Poverty, the Johnson administration promoted this model through the Community Action ... More

Keywords: American literature, War on Poverty, Community Action Program, social work, aesthetics, process art, culture of poverty, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503603677
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503603677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Schryer, author
University of New Brunswick