♥ 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 : The Floating Opera
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| John Barth| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The End of the Road
☯ Full Synopsis : "As young Jake Horner's mind became an increasingly paralyzing cobweb of dark thoughts, he turned for help to an extraordinary doctor--part saint, part evil-genius, a weird combination of faith healer, magician, and devil. And in so doing Jake found himself following a drastic prescription that was to draw him into a strange, compulsive relationship. It is around the startling results of Jake Horner's "cure" and its amazing mastermind--a doctor almost surely designed to become one of the most remarkable characters in modern fiction--that this brilliant, imaginative novel hinges. John Barth is a young writer of unusual talent whose uncanny insight into the dark mazes of the human mind has given The End of the Road a haunting and troubling reality."Article| John Barth| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Passionate Virtuosity
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Charles B. Harris| Statement ..."
♥ 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 : An Examination of the Concept of Reality
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Edward Browell| 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 : Letters
☯ Full Synopsis : "The letters of seven people, including a British gentlewoman who finds herself pregnant by her young American lover and a bachelor lawyer who enjoys incest on his final cruise in preparation for suicide, take readers on a journey through history"Article| John Barth| 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 : Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "Drawing on developments in critical theory and postmodernist fiction, this study makes an important contribution to the appreciation of playforms in language, texts, and cultural practices. Tracing trajectories in theories of play and game, and with particular attention to the writings of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, and Derrida, the author argues that the concept of play provides perspectives on language and communication processes useful both for analysis of literary texts and also for understanding the interactive nature of constructions of knowledge."Article| Brian Edwards| 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 : A Critical Study of the Texture Variants in John Barth's Novels
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♥ Book Title : The Tidewater Tales
☯ Full Synopsis : "Barth's richest, most joyous novel yet describes a couple's journey on the Chesapeake Bay, a cruise that overflows with stories--of past lives and love, entanglements with the CIA and toxic waste, and inventive brushes with Don Quixote, Odysseus and Scheherazade."Article| John Barth| Statement ..."