Reading With Purpose Book Group: This Union Kills Fascists: Woody Guthrie on Intimacy

Code: SL32812

Dates: November 3, 2021

Meets: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $39.00

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In examining "Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life", learn about the relationship between Woody Guthrie and the Martha Graham dancer, Marjorie Mazia, who became his wife and long-time partner. Examining their correspondence in 1942 and 1943, explore Guthrie's sense of fascism, the term "union" as a concept that bridged labor organizing, love, sex, and anti-fascism. Guthrie viewed the appeal of fascism--which he saw extant not only in avowedly fascist governments, but in domestic phenomena like racism and capitalist rapacity--as fundamentally emotional, offering gratification through cruelty and the disavowal of difference. He saw a salve for this appeal in the breaking down of boundaries between individuals emotionally spiritually, and physically.
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Gustavus Stadler

Gustavus Stadler is the author of Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life (2020) and Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics of Genius in the U.S. 1840-1890 (2006). His essays on U.S. literature, left politics, music, and sound culture have appeared in Al Jazeera, Public Books,, Social Text, American Literature, and many other venues. He is currently beginning work on a book about Cafe Society, New York's first fully integrated nightclub. He is Professor of English at Haverford College and lives in Haverford.


Ellen Trachtenberg

Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.


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