A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

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Through a wide-ranging series of essays and relevant readings, A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction presents an overview of American fiction published since the conclusion of the First World War. Features a wide-ranging series of essays by American, British, and European specialists in a variety of literary fieldsWritten in an approachable and accessible styleCovers both classic literary figures and contemporary novelistsProvides extensive suggestions for further reading at the end of each essay

About Author

David Seed is Professor in the School of English at Liverpool University. He has published books on Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, Science Fiction and the Cold War. He edits the Science Fiction series of Liverpool University Press and serves as a consulting editor for Science Fiction Studies. He is the editor of our Companion to Science Fiction.


Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 David Seed Part I Genres, Traditions, and Subject Areas 9 1 U.S. Modernism 11 Susan Hegeman 2 The City Novel 24 James R. Giles 3 The Western 36 Neil Campbell 4 Postmodern U.S. Fiction 48 Hans Bertens 5 Modern Gothic 60 Marilyn Michaud 6 The Short Story 72 Mark Whalan 7 Southern Fiction 84 Sharon Monteith 8 Jewish American Fiction 96 David Brauner 9 "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me": Modern African American Fiction 109 A. Robert Lee 10 U.S. Detective Fiction 122 Cynthia S. Hamilton 11 Hard-Boiled/Noir Fiction 135 Lee Horsley 12 Chicano Fiction 147 Helen Oakley 13 Black Humor Fiction 159 David Seed 14 Fiction on the Vietnam War 171 Philip Melling and Subarno Chattarji 15 The Rediscovery of the Native American 183 Joy Porter 16 Trash Fiction 195 Stacey Olster Part II Selected Writers 207 17 Edith Wharton 209 Pamela Knights 18 Willa Cather's Entropology: Permanence and Transmission 219 Guy J. Reynolds 19 Gertrude Stein and Seriality 229 Ulla Haselstein 20 Ernest Hemingway 240 Peter Messent 21 John Dos Passos 251 Andrew Hook and David Seed 22 Thomas Wolfe 261 Anne Ricketson Zahlan 23 F. Scott Fitzgerald 271 William Blazek 24 Zora Neale Hurston 282 Lovalerie King 25 Theodore Dreiser 292 Clare Virginia Eby 26 William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha 302 Charles A. Peek 27 H.D.'s Visionary Prose 313 Rachel Connor 28 John Steinbeck 322 Brian Railsback 29 Raymond Chandler 332 Sean McCann 30 Richard Wright 342 Tara T. Green 31 Ralph Ellison 352 Rachel Farebrother 32 James Baldwin 361 D. Quentin Miller 33 Vladimir Nabokov 369 Barbara Wyllie 34 Norman Mailer 377 Michael K. Glenday 35 William S. Burroughs 386 Davis Schneiderman 36 Saul Bellow 395 Michael Austin 37 Gore Vidal 403 Heather Neilson 38 Joseph Heller 411 David M. Craig 39 Kurt Vonnegut 420 Jerome Klinkowitz 40 Thomas Pynchon 428 Ian Copestake 41 Ishmael Reed: American Iconoclast 436 Darryl Dickson-Carr 42 Joyce Carol Oates 445 Gavin Cologne-Brookes 43 Philip Roth 454 Timothy Parrish 44 The Fiction of John Updike: Timely and Timeless 462 Brian Keener 45 Maxine Hong Kingston 471 Helena Grice 46 Toni Morrison 480 Jennifer Terry 47 Alice Walker 489 Maria Lauret 48 Don DeLillo 497 Mark Osteen 49 Gerald Vizenor: Postindian Gamester 505 A. Robert Lee 50 Bret Easton Ellis 514 James Annesley 51 Amy Tan: "American Circumstances and Chinese Character" 522 Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson 52 Paul Auster: Poet of Solitude 530 Mark Brown 53 Bharati Mukherjee 539 Judie Newman Index 547

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  • ISBN13: 9781405146913
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9781405146913
  • weight: 1214
  • ISBN10: 1405146915

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