Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to Delillo / Edition 1

Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to Delillo / Edition 1

by Arnold Weinstein, Weinstein
     
 

Nobody's Home is a bold view of the American novel from its beginnings to the contemporary scene. Focusing on some of the deepest instincts of American life and culture—individual liberty, freedom of speech, constructing a life—Arnold Weinstein brilliantly sketches the remarkable career of the American self in some of the major works of the past one

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Nobody's Home is a bold view of the American novel from its beginnings to the contemporary scene. Focusing on some of the deepest instincts of American life and culture—individual liberty, freedom of speech, constructing a life—Arnold Weinstein brilliantly sketches the remarkable career of the American self in some of the major works of the past one hundred fifty years. Weinstein contends that American writers are haunted by the twin specters of the self as a mirage, as Nobody, and by the brutal forces of culture and ideology that deny selfhood to people on the basis of money, sex, and color of skin. His central thesis is that language makes possible freedoms and accomplishments that are achievable in no other realm, and that American fiction is a fascinating record of the human fight against coercion, of the kinds of maneuvering room that we may find in life and in art. This study is unique in several respects: it offers some of the keenest readings of major American texts that have ever been written, including some of the most significant works of the past decades, and it fashions a rich and supple view of the American novel as a writerly form of freedom, in sharp contrast to today's critical emphasis on blindness and co-option.

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ISBN-13:
9780195080223
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,430,236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Self-Making and Freedom of Speech3
IOutcasts of the Universe
1Hawthorne's "Wakefield" and the Art of Self-Possession13
2Melville: Knowing Bartleby27
IIMasters and Slaves
3Stowe: Ghosting in Uncle Tom's Cabin47
4Twain: The Twinning Principle in Puddn'head Wilson65
IIIThe Village Modernists
5Anderson: The Play of Winesburg, Ohio91
6Flannery O'Connor and the Art of Displacement108
IVThe American Modernists and Freedom of Speech
7Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby: Fiction as Greatness131
8Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: The Voice from the Coffin148
9Faulkner: Fusion and Confusion in Light in August170
10Hemingway's Garden of Eden: The Final Combat Zone189
VThe American Postmodernists and Freedom of Speech
11John Hawkes, Skin Trader213
12Robert Coover: Fiction as Fission235
13Dis-Membering and Re-Membering in Toni Morrison's Beloved265
14Don DeLillo: Rendering the Words of the Tribe288
Conclusion317
Notes321
Index343

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