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John Updike's Human Comedy: Comic Morality in the Centaur and the Rabbit Novels
     

John Updike's Human Comedy: Comic Morality in the Centaur and the Rabbit Novels

by Brian Keener
 

ISBN-10: 0820470902

ISBN-13: 9780820470900

Pub. Date: 01/01/2005

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

The comedy in John Updike’s most important works – The Centaur; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; and Rabbit Remembered – defines a comic world and its morality. Although critics have failed to recognize the extent and the importance of Updike’s comedy, his serious fiction does contain a good deal of farce

Overview

The comedy in John Updike’s most important works – The Centaur; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; and Rabbit Remembered – defines a comic world and its morality. Although critics have failed to recognize the extent and the importance of Updike’s comedy, his serious fiction does contain a good deal of farce, burlesque, and irony that, far from being peripheral or mere comic relief, depicts the absurd and contradictory nature of life. Within such a world, set in the everyday Pennsylvania of the second half of the twentieth century, human beings mature, or gain Kierkegaard’s ethical sphere, by fulfilling their societal and generational responsibilities. George Caldwell of The Centaur is Updike’s paragon, while Rabbit Angstrom embodies the comic hero who, through trial and error, finally matures. Overall, through an analysis of Updike’s comedy, this book reveals a dimension of his fiction that is essential to understanding his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820470900
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.30(d)

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