top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Visionary Moment
A Postmodern Critique
The Visionary Moment
Click on image to enlarge

Paul Maltby - Author
SUNY series in Postmodern Culture
Price: $54.50 
Hardcover - 188 pages
Release Date: April 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5413-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5413-8

Quantity:  
Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 188 pages
Release Date: April 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5414-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5414-5

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

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, Saul Bellow, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, and William Faulkner, Maltby explains show the literary convention of the visionary moment promotes the myth that there is a superior level of knowledge that can redeem or regenerate the individual. He contends that this common-sense assumption is a paradigm that needs to be confronted and critiqued.

"What allows Maltby consistently to present familiar authors in a new light is a thoroughgoing knowledge of manifestations of the visionary moment from the classical sublime to varieties of Christian conversion narratives to Wordsworth and the Romantics to Joyce. Despite a surprising afterlife in contemporary fiction, these disembodied visions are unlikely to outlive Maltby’s long-overdue postmodern critique." --Joseph Tabbi, coeditor of Reading Matters: Narrative in the New Media Ecology

"A feast for the intellect' Maltby parades one insightful observation after another, launching connections in unexpected directions and circling back to the main target of his ‘postmodern critique.’ His analysis foregrounds chiefly the ‘ideological function’ of visionarism, that is, the ‘false consciousness’ paradoxically induced during instances of ‘illumination.’ But Maltby is also aware that in cases such as Alice Walker’s similar moments can activate a ‘critical function.’”--Christian Moraru, author of Rewriting: Postmodern Narrative and Cultural Critique in the Age of Cloning

Paul Maltby is Associate Professor of English at West Chester University. He is the author of Dissident Postmodernists: Barthelme, Coover, Pynchon.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Modalities of the Visionary Moment

2. Validations of the Visionary Moment

3. Metaphysics of the Visionary Moment

4. The Romantic Metaphysics of Don Delillio

5. Saul Bellow's Transfigurable Subjects

6. Jack Kerouac's Rhetoric of Time

7. Ideology of the Visionary Moment

Conclusion

Appendix: The Postmodern Sublime

Notes

Works Cited

Index



Related Subjects
40704/40705(JP/DF/)

Related Titles

Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage
Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage
The Two Admirals
The Two Admirals
The Marked Body
The Marked Body
My Beloved Toto
My Beloved Toto
Brahma in the West
Brahma in the West
Song of Myself and Other Poems
Song of Myself and Other Poems
Book of Good Love
Book of Good Love
The Russian Hero in Modern Chinese Fiction
The Russian Hero in Modern Chinese Fiction
Birth and Death of the Housewife
Birth and Death of the Housewife
Aryans, Jews, Brahmins
Aryans, Jews, Brahmins



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg