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Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism
Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism (February 2006)
Todd F. Davis - Author


Explores the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut’s work.

“I’ve worried some about why write books when presidents and senators and generals do not read them, and the university experience taught me a very good reason: you catch people before they become generals and senators and presidents, and you poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a bette...(Read More)
 
 
Musing the Mosaic
Musing the Mosaic (May 2003)
Approaches to Ronald Sukenick
Matthew Roberson - Editor

Examines Sukenick's role in reshaping the American literary tradition.

In Musing the Mosaic prominent critics of postmodern and contemporary fiction and culture discuss the fictional and theoretical works of Ronald Sukenick, one of the most important American writers to emerge from the late 1960s. Sukenick has been a prolific participant in reshaping the American literary tradition for two generations and playe...(Read More)
 
 
From Girl to Woman
From Girl to Woman (March 2003)
American Women's Coming-of-Age Narratives
Christy Rishoi - Author

Examines the crucial role that coming-of-age narratives have played in American feminism.

From Girl to Woman examines the coming-of-age narratives of a diverse group of American women writers, including Annie Dillard, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary McCarthy, and explores the crucial role of such narratives in the development of American feminism. Women have long known that identity is comple...(Read More)
 
 
Shirley Jackson's American Gothic
Shirley Jackson's American Gothic (January 2003)
Darryl Hattenhauer - Author

Argues that Jackson's anticipation of postmodernism ranks her among the most significant writers of her time.

Best known for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson produced a body of work that is more varied and complex than critics have realized. In fact, as Darryl Hattenhauer argues here, Jackson was one of the few writers to anticipate the trans...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
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