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The Resource American fiction in transition : observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism, Adam Kelly

American fiction in transition : observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism, Adam Kelly

Label
American fiction in transition : observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism
Title
American fiction in transition
Title remainder
observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism
Statement of responsibility
Adam Kelly
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"American Fiction in Transition is a study of the observer-hero narrative, a highly significant but critically neglected genre of the American novel. Through the lens of this transitional genre, the book explores the 1990s in relation to debates about the end of postmodernism, and connects the decade to other transitional periods in US literature. Novels by four major contemporary writers are examined: Philip Roth, Paul Auster, E. L. Doctorow and Jeffrey Eugenides. Each novel has a similar structure: an observer-narrator tells the story of an important person in his life who has died. But each story is equally about the struggle to tell the story, to find adequate means to narrate the transitional quality of the hero's life. In playing out this narrative struggle, each novel thereby addresses the broader problem of historical transition, a problem that marks the legacy of the postmodern era in American literature and culture"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kelly, Adam
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Roth, Philip
  • Auster, Paul
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey
  • Doctorow, E. L
  • American fiction
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Point of view (Literature)
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
Label
American fiction in transition : observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism, Adam Kelly
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Tragedy and secrecy : Philip Roth's The human stain -- Testimony and truth : Paul Auster's Leviathan -- Narcissism and explanation : Jeffrey Eugenides's The virgin suicides -- History, time and justice : E.L. Doctorow's The waterworks
Control code
26001484834
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 147 p.
Isbn
9781441112859
Lccn
2012043598 (hbk)
Label
American fiction in transition : observer-hero narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism, Adam Kelly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Tragedy and secrecy : Philip Roth's The human stain -- Testimony and truth : Paul Auster's Leviathan -- Narcissism and explanation : Jeffrey Eugenides's The virgin suicides -- History, time and justice : E.L. Doctorow's The waterworks
Control code
26001484834
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 147 p.
Isbn
9781441112859
Lccn
2012043598 (hbk)

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