Nostalgic Time, Space, and Community:

Arcadian Themes in Canby's Age of Confidence

This section analyzes the ways in which a major writer in Depression-era America employed arcadian themes to reconstruct the social experience of his readers. Informed by elements of Bormann's Fantasy Theme Analysis, I wish to explore the cyclical rhythm of time, the pastoral experience of space, and the organic nature of community in Henry Seidel Canby's (1934) The Age of Confidence. This initial analysis provides context for a long term project that seeks to evaluate ways in which nostalgia is enacted and commodified in Disney's planned community, Celebration.

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