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Writing After War: American War Fiction from Realism to Postmodernism

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Limon's book is extraordinarily good. It is an important book, not only for students of American literature but for anyone concerned with the methodology and effective practice of cultural studies. The writing is, throughout, elegant, witty, and transparently accessible.
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Writing after War: American War Fiction from Realism to Postmodernism

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Overview

Limon's book is extraordinarily good. It is an important book, not only for students of American literature but for anyone concerned with the methodology and effective practice of cultural studies. The writing is, throughout, elegant, witty, and transparently accessible.
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"Limon's book is extraordinarily good. It is an important book, not only for students of American literature but for anyone concerned with the methodology and effective practice of cultural studies. The writing is, throughout, elegant, witty, and transparently accessible."--Warner Berthoff, Harvard University

"Superb: it offers an original and valuable reconceptualization of a very old problem (the relations between literature and war), it makes brilliant applications of contemporary literary theory, it offers fresh, formidable interpretations of almost every fictional text it mentions, and is strikingly writte and argued. I'm going to recommend it highly and widely."--Jay Watson, University of Mississippi

"The attractive feature of this book is the way it broaches a whole series of interesting and unusual issues, and focuses on many of the familiar American writers from a new perspective."--Journal of American Studies

"...Limon offers critical readings of an impressively wide range of authors. He is able to move with grace and aplomb between writers as different as Louisa May Alcott and Luce Irigaray....Writing After War is a thoughtful, learned interpretation of postwar American writing, and it makes a valuable contribution to the studies of American literature, aesthetics, and war."--CLIO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195087598
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Limon is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Williams College. He is the author of The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science (1990).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Art of War: The Contest and the Duel 9
2 Swords to Words: Realism and the Civil War 32
3 Goddesses on the Battlefield: The Combatant Novels of Tourgee, Cable, and De Forest 59
4 Temporal Form and Wartime: Modernism After World War I 84
5 The Postmodernization of World War II 128
6 Diversions: A Theory of the Vietnam Sports Novel 154
Play, Part I 154
Sports 156
Tennis, Baseball 160
Basketball 166
Football, the Hunt 171
Play, Part II 176
7 Family Likenesses: War in Women's Words 183
The Civil War and Reality 183
World War I and Modern Beauty 200
Media and Immediate Wars 215
Afterword 226
Notes 229
Index 249
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