♥ Book Title : The Floating Opera and The End of the Road
☯ Full Synopsis : "Tells the stories of a man's struggle with the idea of suicide and of a bed-hopping threesome brought together by a strange doctor-psychiatrist-mentor"Article| John Barth| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : John Barth's The Floating Opera and the End of the Road
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♥ Book Title : Passionate Virtuosity
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♥ Book Title : Fictions of Fact and Value
☯ Full Synopsis : "Fictions of Fact and Value argues that the philosophy of logical positivism, considered the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerts a determining influence on the development of American fiction in the three decades following 1945, in what amounts to a constitutive encounter between literature and philosophy at mid-century: after the end of modernism, as it was traditionally conceived, but prior to the rise of postmodernism, as it came to be known. Two particular postwar literary preoccupations derive from logical positivist philosophy: the fact/value problem and the correlative distinction between sense and nonsense. Even as postwar writers responded to logical positivism as a threat to the imagination, their works often manifest its influence, specifically with regard to "emotive" or "meaningless" terms. Far from a straightforward history of ideas, Fictions of Fact and Value charts a genealogy that is often erased in the very texts where it registers and disowned by the very authors that it includes. LeMahieu complicates a predominant narrative of intellectual history in which a liberating postmodernism triumphs over a reactionary positivism by historicizing the literary response to positivism in works by John Barth, Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Iris Murdoch, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. As LeMahieu compelling demonstrates, the centrality of the fact/value problem to both positivism and postmodernism demands a rethinking of postwar literary history. A trenchantly argued study that unearths an important part of postwar literary history, Fictions of Fact and Value will interest anyone concerned with postmodernism, modernist studies, analytic philosophy, or the history of ideas."Article| Michael LeMahieu| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 7, Prose Writing, 1940-1990
☯ Full Synopsis : "Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature"Article| Sacvan Bercovitch, Cyrus R. K. Patell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "In The Hawkline Monster, Brautigan's minimalist metafictive parody of the double depicts our narcissistic view of reality. In Double or Nothing, Federman subverts the conventional double, exposing its gamelike structures and traditional views of life and text."Article| Gordon Slethaug| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : American Fiction in the Cold War
☯ Full Synopsis : "In American Fiction in the Cold War Thomas Hill Schaub makes it clear that Trilling's summary was in itself a mythic reconstruction, a prominent example of the way liberal writers in the late 1940s and 1950s came to terms with their political past. Schaub's book brilliantly analyzes their efforts to reshape an "old" liberalism alleged to hold naively optimistic views of human nature, scientific reason, and social progress into a "new," skeptical liberalism that recognized the persistence of human evil, the fragility of reason, and the ambiguity of moral decision. Most important, as American Fiction in the Cold War demonstrates, these liberal reassessments of history, politics, human nature, and destiny--what Schaub calls the "liberal narrative"--mediated the critical and imaginative production of the literary community after World War II. Schaub shows that the elements of this narrative are visible in a wide spectrum of cultural narratives in American history, political philosophy, and social criticism during the Cold War era. His analysis of the dominant critical communities of the late 1940s--led by critics such as Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe, Cleanth Brooks and Allen Tate--recovers the political meanings embedded within their debates over the nature of literary realism, the definition of the novel, and speculations on its "death." In the second part of his study, Schaub turns to Ralph Ellison, Flannery O'Connor, Norman Mailer, and John Barth. His readings of their fiction isolate the political and cultural content of works often faulted for their apparent efforts to transcend social history. Reviewing John Barth's End of the Road, for example, he shows the politics of culture concealed within what seems to be a philosophical narrative. In novel after novel, he demonstrates, the liberal narrative is operating from within, tuning and steering the direction of the plot and the creation of the character. Schaub's penetrating exploration of the relationship between U.S. political and social thought and the literary consciousness in the early postwar years will be of interest to intellectual historians and to students of American literary culture."Article| Thomas H. Schaub| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Around Quitting Time
☯ Full Synopsis : "Virtually since its inception, the United States has nurtured a dreamlike and often delirious image of itself as an essentially classless society. Given the stark levels of social inequality that have actually existed and that continue today, what sustains this at once hopelessly ideological and breathlessly utopian mirage? In Around Quitting Time Robert Seguin investigates this question, focusing on a series of modern writers who were acutely sensitive to the American web of ideology and utopic vision in order to argue that a pervasive middle-class imaginary is the key to the enigma of class in America. Tracing connections between the reconstruction of the labor process and the aesthetic dilemmas of modernism, between the emergence of the modern state and the structure of narrative, Seguin analyzes the work of Nathanael West, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, John Barth, and others. These fictional narratives serve to demonstrate for Seguin the pattern of social sites and cultural phenomenon that have emerged where work and leisure, production and consumption, and activity and passivity coincide. He reveals how, by creating pathways between these seemingly opposed domains, the middle-class imaginary at once captures and suspends the dynamics of social class and opens out onto a political and cultural terrain where class is both omnipresent and invisible. Aroung Quitting Time will interest critics and historians of modern U.S. culture, literary scholars, and those who explore the interaction between economic and cultural forms."Article| Robert Seguin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Romantic Postmodernism in American Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "Intended for teachers and students of American Literature, this book is the first comprehensive analysis of romantic tendencies in postmodernist American fiction.The book challenges the opinion expressed in the Columbia History of the American Novel(1991) and propagated by many influential scholars that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction is represented by the disjunctive and nihilistic work of such writers as Kathy Acker, Donald Barthelme, and Robert Coover. Professor Alsen disagrees. He contends that this kind of fiction is not read and taught much outside an isolated but powerful circle in the academic community.It is the two-part thesis of Professor Alsen's book that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction consists of the widely read work of the Nobel Prize laureates Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison and other similar writers and that this mainstream fiction is essentially romantic.To support his argument, Professor Alsen analyzes representative novels by Saul Bellow, J.D. Salinger, Norman Mailer, Flannery O'Connor, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, the later John Barth, Alice Walker, William Kennedy, and Paul Auster. Professor Alsen demonstrates that the traits which distinguish the fiction of the romantic postmodernists from the fiction of their disunctive and nihilist colleagues include a vision of life that is a form of philosophical idealism, an organic view of art, modes of storytelling that are reminiscent of the nineteenth-century romance, and such themes as the nature of sin or evil, the negative effects of technology on the soul, and the quest for transcendence."Article| Eberhard Alsen| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory."Article| Brian Edwards| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mémoires perdues, mémoires vives
☯ Full Synopsis : "Mémoires perdues, mémoires vives : de la crypte de Dracula aux lieux de mémoire joyciens, du chien des Baskerville à l'écriture muséographique de Seamus Heaney, du modernisme (Gertrude Stein) au postmodernisme américain (John Barth), ce volume explore les territoires entre le blanc de l'oubli et les traces du passé dans la littérature et les arts visuels (peinture, sculpture, photographie, land art) du monde anglophone (XIXe-XXe siècles). Marie-Christine Lemardeley est professeur de littérature américaine, Carle Bonafous-Murat professeur de littérature anglo-irlandaise, et André Topia professeur de littérature britannique, tous trois à l'Université Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3. Ils participent aux travaux de recherche du groupe VORTEX sur les littératures et les arts des pays anglophones (XIXe-XXe siècles)."Article| Marie-Christine Lemardeley-Cunci, Carle Bonafous-Murat, André Topia| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Beyond Suspicion
☯ Full Synopsis : "Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996"Article| Marc Chenetier| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Philosophical Reflection of Man in Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka| Statement ..."