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Contemporary American Fiction (Paperback)

Author: Brauner, David

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This series provides accessible yet provocative introductions to a wide range of literatures. The volumes will initiate and deepen the reader's understanding of key literary movements, periods and genres, and consider debates that inform the past, present and future of literary study. Resources such as glossaries of key terms and details of archives and internet sites are also provided, making each volume a comprehensive critical guide.

This is an accessible, lucid and incisive study that will prove indispensable to students and scholars of contemporary American fiction. Featuring a wide range of authors the book combines detailed readings of key texts with informative discussions of their historical, social and cultural contexts.

There are chapters focusing on formal characteristics (the use of irony and paradox in novels by Don DeLillo, Paul Auster and Bret Easton Ellis, and the generic properties of the texts and films of Cold Mountain, Brokeback Mountain and No Country for Old Men) and on thematic concerns (the representation of gender and sexuality in novels by Jane Smiley, Carol Shields and Jeffrey Eugenides, and of ethnicity, race and hybridity in fiction by Gish Jen, Philip Roth and Richard Powers). Running through all these chapters is an interrogation of all three elements making up the phrase `contemporary American fiction'.

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Publisher Edinburgh Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780748622689
SKU 213821389
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0748622683
Release Date 5/1/2010
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0236
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
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