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The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction

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Paula Geyh, Jonathan P. Eburne, David Cowart, Caren Irr, Arkady Plotnitsky, Timothy Parrish, Sally Robinson, Dean Franco, Elana Gomel, Patrick O'Donnell, Astrid Ensslin
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107103443

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  • Few previous periods in the history of American literature could rival the richness of the postmodern era - the diversity of its authors, the complexity of its ideas and visions, and the multiplicity of its subjects and forms. This volume offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the American fiction of this remarkable period. It traces the development of postmodern American fiction over the past half-century and explores its key aesthetic, cultural, and political contexts. It examines its principal styles and genres, from the early experiments with metafiction to the most recent developments, such as the graphic novel and digital fiction, and offers concise, compelling readings of many of its major works. An indispensable resource for students, scholars, and the general reader, the Companion both highlights the extraordinary achievements of postmodern American fiction and provides illuminating critical frameworks for understanding it.

    • The first comprehensive overview of postmodern American fiction, and therefore a very useful accompaniment to courses in this subject
    • Surveys representative genres of postmodern American fiction, and individual chapters can be used to accompany a wide range of thematic, genre, or author-based courses
    • Includes up-to-date coverage of new forms of fiction that will appeal to those wishing to read about or teach cutting-edge fiction
    • While the volume is critically sophisticated, it is also accessible (all critical terms are glossed within the text), making it appealing to the general reader
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    'The book opens with a chronology of important literary and cultural events, and each essay closes with suggested reading. Although the chapters are written by different hands, the writing throughout is generally lucid and accessible. The book will be a cornerstone of undergraduate courses on the subject and valuable to advanced scholars.' J. W. Moffett, CHOICE

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107103443
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Paula Geyh
    1. Postmodern precursors Jonathan P. Eburne
    2. Prolonged periodization: American fiction after 1960 David Cowart
    3. Postmodern American fiction and global literature Caren Irr
    4. Philosophical skepticism and narrative incredulity: postmodern theory and postmodern American fiction Arkady Plotnitsky
    5. History and fiction Timothy Parrish
    6. Gender and sexuality: postmodern constructions Sally Robinson
    7. Pluralism and postmodernism: the histories and geographies of ethnic American literature Dean Franco
    8. The zombie in the mirror: postmodernism and subjectivity in science fiction Elana Gomel
    9. Postmodern styles: language, reflexivity, and pastiche Patrick O'Donnell
    10. Between word and image: the textual and the visual in postmodern American fiction Paula Geyh
    11. Electronic fictions: television, the internet, and the future of digital fiction Astrid Ensslin.

  • Editor

    Paula Geyh, Yeshiva University, New York
    Paula Geyh is Associate Professor of English at Yeshiva University, New York. She is the author of Cities, Citizens, and Technologies: Urban Life and Postmodernity (2009), and a coeditor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (with Fred G. Leebron and Andrew Levy, 1997). Her articles on postmodern literature and culture have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, PARADOXA, and Criticism.

    Contributors

    Paula Geyh, Jonathan P. Eburne, David Cowart, Caren Irr, Arkady Plotnitsky, Timothy Parrish, Sally Robinson, Dean Franco, Elana Gomel, Patrick O'Donnell, Astrid Ensslin

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