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Narrative after Deconstruction
Narrative after Deconstruction (October 2002)
Daniel Punday - Author

Develops a rigorous theory of narrative as apost-deconstructive model for interpretation.

Interrogating stories told about life after deconstruction, and discovering instead a kind of afterlife of deconstruction, Daniel Punday draws on a wide range of theorists to develop a rigorous theory of narrative as an alternative model for literary interpretation. Drawing on an observation made by Jean-François Lyotard,...(Read More)
 
 
The Godfather and American Culture
The Godfather and American Culture (April 2002)
How the Corleones Became "Our Gang"
Chris Messenger - Author

A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.

Mario Puzo's The Godfather is an American pop phenomenon whose driving force is reflected not only in book sales and cable television movie marathons but also in such related works as the hit television series The Sopranos. In The Godfather and American Culture, Chris Messenger offers an...(Read More)
 
 
The Visionary Moment
The Visionary Moment (April 2002)
A Postmodern Critique
Paul Maltby - Author

Explores and critiques the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment as a convention in twentieth-century American fiction, from the standpoint of postmodernism.

In The Visionary Moment, Paul Maltby draws on postmodern theory to examine the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment, or 'epiphany', in twentieth-century American fiction. Engaging critically with the works of Don DeLillo, Jack Kerouac...(Read More)
 
 
The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud
The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud (October 2001)
Evelyn Avery - Editor

Offers personal recollections of and critical perspectives on this major American author.

"He wrote about suffering Jews, about poor Jews, about grocers and fixers and birds and horses and angels in Harlem and matchmakers and salesmen and rabbis and landlords and tenants and egg chandlers and writers and chimpanzees; he wrote about the plentitude and unity of the world...May the memory of this great and humane Master be blessed and for...(Read More)
 
 
Rewriting
Rewriting (September 2001)
Postmodern Narrative and Cultural Critique in the Age of Cloning
Christian Moraru - Author


Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.

Does the postmodern process of rewriting stories by earlier writers point to a crisis of originality in our cloning culture? In Rewriting, the first systematic examination of this tendency in late twentieth-century American fiction, Christian Moraru answers this question wit...(Read More)
 
 
Home
Home (August 2001)
A Novel
Hazard Adams - Author

A history professor experiences disturbing parallels between the furor over hiring decisions and an alleged case of sexual harassment on his own campus, and the harassment of an anarchist commune on south Puget Sound in 1902.

Fact meets fiction in Hazard Adams's latest novel. Using an actual turn-of-the-century anarchist commune on Washington's south Puget Sound as the backdrop, Adams tells the story of Edward Williams, a present-day h...(Read More)
 
 
Not One of Them in Place
Not One of Them in Place (May 2001)
Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity
Norman Finkelstein - Author

Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

Not One of Them in Place is the first book to examine the ways in which Jewish belief, thought, and culture have been shaped and articulated in modern American poetry. Based on the idea that recent American poetry has gravitated between two traditions—romantic and symbolist on the one hand, modernist a...(Read More)
 
 
The Sonnets
The Sonnets (April 2001)
A Novel
Lennard J. Davis - Author

In this darkly satirical novel, a Columbia University English professor's life is turned upside down when it starts to follow the plot of Shakespeare's sonnets.

What if Shakespeare found himself living in modern-day Manhattan? The Sonnets follows Will Marlowe, a Columbia University English professor, who, while teaching a class on Shakespeare, realizes that his life is beginning to parallel the Bard&#...(Read More)
 
 
At Millennium's End
At Millennium's End (March 2001)
New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut
Kevin Alexander Boon - Editor
Kurt Vonnegut - Foreword by

Collected essays by noted scholars covering the breadth and influence of Kurt Vonnegut's literature.

"When I look back at my incredibly lucky career as a writer, it seems that there was never time to think. It was as though I were skiing down a steep and hazardous mountain slope. When I look back at the marks my skis made in the snow on the way down, I only now realize that I wrote again and again about people who b...(Read More)
 
 
Holding Patterns
Holding Patterns (March 2001)
Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry
Daniel McGuiness - Author

Argues that if poems are to matter in American culture, they must be read rather than theorized over.

Holding Patterns provides a sympathetic criticism of poems, one that avoids the appliance of criticism and that self-consciously persists in close readings of texts as the directing force of its argument. Presently, contemporary literary criticism and contemporary poetry in America seem at cross-purposes. Indeed...(Read More)
 
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