American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism

American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism

by Adam Kelly

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ISBN-13: 9781628925302
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/23/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Adam Kelly is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of York, UK. He previously taught at Harvard University, where he was a postdoctoral fellow, and at University College Dublin. He is the author of American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism (Bloomsbury 2013), as well as numerous articles in edited collections and in journals including Twentieth-Century Literature, Studies in the Novel, Critique, and Philip Roth Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

I Postmodernism in Eclipse: American Fiction in the 1990s
II Observer-Hero Narrative: Defining the Genre
III Observer-Hero Narrative: The American Dimension
IV Critical Issues: Race, Gender, Genre
V The Intellectual Background: Derrida, Jameson, Narrative and Decision

Chapter 1 Tragedy and Secrecy: Philip Roth's The Human Stain

Chapter 2 Testimony and Truth: Paul Auster's Leviathan

Chapter 3 Narcissism and Explanation: Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides

Chapter 4 History, Time and Justice: E. L. Doctorow's The Waterworks

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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