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By Linda Wagner?Martin(auth.), Alfred Bendixen, Richard Gray(eds.)

ISBN-10: 1118329147

ISBN-13: 9781118329146

ISBN-10: 1405192321

ISBN-13: 9781405192323

  • The background of yankee Literature from 1950 to the current offers a accomplished research of the big variety of literary works that extends into the twenty first century
  • Covers drama, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, technological know-how fiction, and detective novels
  • Features dialogue of yankee works in the context of such 21st-century matters as globalization, medication, gender, schooling, and different topics

Content:
Chapter 1 finding modern Literature (pages 1–45):
Chapter 2 The Sixties and the prerequisites of switch (pages 47–78):
Chapter three Conventions and Eruptions (pages 79–138):
Chapter four New a while and previous (pages 139–173):
Chapter five The Nineteen Eighties, Ethnicity and alter (pages 175–224):
Chapter 6 The Nineteen Nineties and the Sexual (pages 225–276):
Chapter 7 The Twenty?First Century (pages 277–351):

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When John Barth slyly published The Floating Opera in 1956, his first novel was much less accessible than the outright critiques of Sloan Wilson’s The Man in Locating Contemporary Literature 31 the Gray Flannel Suit or Cameron Hawley’s Cash McCall, both books published in 1955. Barth’s complex satire of the French defense of suicide, a humorous look at Camus’ belief in existential choice sired by Salinger’s Catcher in theRye, was followed in 1958 by his The End of the Road. In this more compelling narrative about the influence of Sartre, Barth’s work found its way to the highbrow literary readers who were already scoffing at Book-of-the-Month Club selections (Radway 20).

Barth, Ellison, and Gaddis all benefited from the tendency to equate factual knowledge in books dense with information – no matter how parodic the delivery of that information was – with power. Erudition, and an insistence on the unfamiliar – in this case, economic and political theory – were both appeals of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. Over a thousand pages long, the book intrigued readers: it had been written by a Russian e´ migr´e, Alice Rosenbaum from St Petersburg. The novel – like Rand’s The Fountainhead before it in 1943 – became one of the foundations for libertarianism or, in Rand’s terms, objectivism, as well as right-wing monetarism.

Roberts in 1951 and William Styron’s 1952 The Long March – used the plotline of single soldier versus officer culture. In 1952 James Jones’s From Here to Eternity more successfully broadened that narrative. From the story of conflict, pitting one lone man against the system, Jones used a bildungsroman scheme to humanize the unsophisticated Robert E. Lee Prewitt. Knowing the military’s rules, Prewitt yet avenges the death of his friend, and eventually – mistaken for an AWOL soldier – is shot by friendly fire.

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