Modern American Novel

ISBN-10: 0140170448
ISBN-13: 9780140170443
Edition: Revised 
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

Preface
Naturalism and Impressionism: The 1890s
Modernity and Modernism 1900-1912
Artists and Philistines 1912-1920
Art-Style and Life-Style: The 1920s
Realism and Surrealism: The 1930s
Liberal and existential imaginations: The 1940s and 1950s
Postmoderns and others: The 1960s and after
Late Postmoderns: five fictional enquiries of the 1980s
After the post
American fiction from the 1970s to the 1990s
The American novel since 1890
A list of major works
Selectbibliography
Index

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