The Contemporary American Novel in Context (Texts and Contexts)

The Contemporary American Novel in Context (Texts and Contexts)

By: Andrew Dix (author), Paul Jenner (author), Brian Jarvis (author)Paperback

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This is a critical introduction to the contemporary American novel focusing on contexts, key texts and criticism. Adventurous, engaging and politically urgent, contemporary American novels have come to enjoy a particular prestige and, through university courses, film adaptations and cultural controversies, a global circulation. This book provides a critical introduction to novels produced in the United States between 1980 and the present. Compact yet wide-ranging, and written in vivid, accessible prose, it registers the diversity of contemporary American writing and carefully situates this work in historical contexts that include Reaganomics, the Clinton years and the post-9/11 'War on Terror'. Detailed attention is given throughout to how America's current novelists have responded to shifting gender politics, changes in the nation's racial configuration, the increasing dominance of a commodity culture and to adjustments in the United States's place in the world following the end of the Cold War and the increased pace of globalisation. Complete with timelines of historical and literary events, detailed lists of secondary sources both in print and on the web, and suggestions for students' own research projects, this is the ideal resource for anyone beginning study of this vibrant literature. "Texts and Contexts" is a series of clear, concise and accessible introductions to key literary fields and concepts. The series provides the literary, critical, historical context for texts and authors in a specific literary area in a way that introduces a range of work in the field and enables further independent study and reading.

About Author

Brian Jarvis is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Film at Loughborough University, UK. He is the author of Postmodern Cartographies: The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture (Pluto, 1998) and Cruel and Unusual: A Cultural History of Punishment in America (Pluto, 2004) and of essays on topics including 'dirty realism', Vietnam War fiction, the literature and cinema of 9/11, and contemporary horror film. Paul Jenner is Lecturer in American Studies at Loughborough University, UK. He is currently working on a full-length study of the American philosopher Stanley Cavell, and his other research interests include American noir fiction, and theories and fictions of postmodernity. Andrew Dix is Lecturer in American Studies at Loughborough University, UK. He is the author of Beginning Film Studies (Manchester University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 (Sussex Academic Press, 2006); his other published work includes book chapters on Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Native American fiction.


Series Editors' Preface; Part 1 Contexts; 1. 'Who Are We?': social and cultural contexts of the contemporary American novel; 2. 'Why Bother?': literary and intellectual contexts of the contemporary American novel; Review, reading and research; Part 2 Texts; 3. Consuming Fictions: American Psycho (1991), Fight Club (1996); 4. Between Black and White: Beloved (1987), The Human Stain (2000); 5. The Contemporary Americas Novel: Blood Meridian (1985), Almanac of the Dead (1991), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007); 6. Global Narratives: Underworld (1997), Pattern Recognition (2003); Review, reading and research; Part 3 Wider Contexts; 7. Afterlives and adaptations: the contemporary American novel on film, video and the web; 8. Critical contexts: approaches to the contemporary American novel; Review, reading and research; Bibliography and sources; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780826436962
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780826436962
  • ISBN10: 082643696X

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