Reminiscence and Re-Creation in Contemporary American Fiction

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Reminiscence and Re-Creation in Contemporary American Fiction

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521363839
  • DDC分類 813.54

Full Description


Post-modernist fiction apparently presents a world of chance and randomness, devoid of historical intelligibility. Focusing on American post-modernist writers, Stacey Olster offers a challenge to this perception, showing how the experience of political and historical events has shaped the novelist's perspective. Communism after World War II proved particularly instrumental in this capacity; the failure of the Communist ideal in Russia forced a change in the literary perspective of history during the 1950s. Olster analyzes in detail historical narrative configurations in the works of a pivotal group of writers. Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Robert Coover and E. L. Doctorow share a common vision of historical movement in the shape of an open-ended spiral. The modes of temporal movement constructed by these authors manage to recall an early Puritan prototype while remaining nonapocalyptic in direction.

Table of Contents

Preface
Key to abbreviations
Introduction
1. A disruption of sensibility
2. The transition to post-modernism Norman
Mailer
3. An interface of history and science Thomas
Pynchon
4. Clio as kin to calliope John Barth
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.