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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019508022X

ISBN-13: 9780195080223

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195080223
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
368
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
1.Hawthorne's "Wakefield" and the Art of Self-Possession13
2.Melville: Knowing Bartleby27
IIMasters And Slaves
3.Stowe: Ghosting in Uncle Tom's Cabin47
4.Twain: The Twinning Principle in Puddn'head Wilson65
IIIThe Village Modernists
5.Anderson: The Play of Winesburg, Ohio91
6.Flannery O'Connor and the Art of Displacement108
IVThe American Modernists And Freedom Of Speech
7.Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby: Fiction as Greatness131
8.Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: The Voice from the Coffin148
9.Faulkner: Fusion and Confusion in Light in August170
10.Hemingway's Garden of Eden: The Final Combat Zone189
VThe American Postmodernists And Freedom Of Speech
11.John Hawkes, Skin Trader213
12.Robert Coover: Fiction as Fission235
13.Dis-Membering and Re-Membering in Toni Morrison's Beloved265
14.Don DeLillo: Rendering the Words of the Tribe288
Conclusion317
Notes321
Index343

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