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The contributors to Individual and Community attempt to illuminate aspects of the individual-community relationship. Though different in focus and approach, the essays themselves express a "community" of concern, a concern which includes not just the situations of characters in fictional worlds, but one which touches the relationship of both novelists and reader to a world of words.The essays are intended to point to the continuity of an important theme in American fiction and to offer insight into the variety of philosophical and literary strategies utilized in significant works of significant authors in dealing with the question of the individual and the community.
Introduction / Kenneth H. Baldwin and David K. Kirby ix The Empty World of Wieland / J. V. Ridgely 3 The Limits of Romance: A Reading of The Marble Faun / Edgar A. Dryden 17 Day-Dream and Fact: The Import of The Blithedale Romance / Roy Harvey Pearce 49 "The Begum of Bengal": Mark Twain and the South / Louis D. Rubin Jr. 64 Hemingway's Empirical Imagination / Carlos Baker 94 Faulkner's "Country" as Ideal Community / Philip Momberger 112 Sanctuary: Yoknapatawpha's Waste Land / James E. Miller Jr. 137 Djuana Barnes and Surrealism: "Backward Grief" / James Baird 160 The Sacred, the Profane, and The Crying of Lot / Edward Mendelson 182
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