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Critical Response to John Irving

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The scholarly response to John Irving's novels has impinged upon a wide range of contemporary subjects of interest, from postmodernism and ethics to gender studies, the family, and historical criticism. This volume draws on a series of contemporaneous reviews and scholarly essays to provide the reader with an in-depth look at Irving's work.

This book devotes particular attention to the critical reception of Irving's ten novels from Setting Free the Bears through The Fourth Hand....

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Overview

The scholarly response to John Irving's novels has impinged upon a wide range of contemporary subjects of interest, from postmodernism and ethics to gender studies, the family, and historical criticism. This volume draws on a series of contemporaneous reviews and scholarly essays to provide the reader with an in-depth look at Irving's work.

This book devotes particular attention to the critical reception of Irving's ten novels from Setting Free the Bears through The Fourth Hand. The work is divided into eleven sections that address each of Irving's novels and the publication of his memoirs. Each section is accompanied by book reviews that reveal the nature of the novels' critical reception, as well as by scholarly essays that provide readers with an exemplary interpretation of each of Irving's works. Fully indexed, The Critical Response to John Irving includes an expansive introduction, a biographical chronology, and a bibliography for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313319969
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Series: Critical Responses in Arts and Letters
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

TODD F. DAVIS is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State, Altoona.

KENNETH WOMACK is Associate Professor of English and Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State, Altoona.

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Table of Contents

I Setting free the bears 23
II The water-method man 41
III The 158-pound marriage 57
IV The world according to Garp 69
V The Hotel New Hampshire 93
VI The Cider House rules 119
VII A prayer for Owen Meany 143
VIII A son of the circus 161
IX A widow for one year 173
X The fourth hand 189
XI Memoirs 205
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