Pearl Buck, a Nob(e)le Lady Speaking to/of the Masses in/from the Land of Logocracy

Elena Lamberti


The paper proposes an analysis of Pearl Buck’s Nobel Prize for Literature (1938) in the light of the then forming transmedia storytelling and populism. It cross reads Buck’s literary productions in relation to the film adaptation of her masterpiece The Good Earth, as well as of the mass culture of her time; the goal is to show the appropriation of cultural production to facilitate public euphemism and mainstream ‘historical’ storytelling, as well as Buck’s counter-narratives and original poetics.


Pearl Buck; masscult; literature and society storytelling; Anglo-American Literature

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