Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945

ISBN-10: 052112347X
ISBN-13: 9780521123471
Edition: 2011
Authors: John N. Duvall
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Each generation revises literary history and this is nowhere more evident than in the post-Second World War period. This Companion offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the diversity of American fiction since the Second World War. Essays by nineteen distinguished scholars provide critical insights into the significant genres, historical contexts, cultural diversity and major authors during a period of enormous American global political and cultural power. This power is overshadowed, nevertheless, by national anxieties growing out of events ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of feminism; from the Cold War and its fear of Communism and nuclear warfare to the Age of Terror and its different yet related fears of the 'Other'. American fiction since 1945 has faithfully chronicled these anxieties. An essential reference guide, this Companion provides a chronology of the period, as well as guides to further reading.

John N. Duvall is the Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of English at Purdue University. He has published nine previous books on modernist and contemporary American fiction, most recently Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction (2008), The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo (2008) and Faulkner and his Critics (2010).

Introduction: a story of the stories of American fiction after 1945
Poetics and Genres:
Postmodern metafiction
Contemporary realism
New journalism and the non-fiction novel
Science fiction
The short story
Historical and Cultural Contexts:
African American fiction
American Indian fiction
Multiethnicities: Latino/a and Asian American fiction
American Jewish fiction
Feminist fiction
Southern fiction
Fiction and the Cold War
Fiction and 9/11
Major Authors:
Ralph Ellison
Flannery O'Connor
Thomas Pynchon
Toni Morrison
Don DeLillo
Conclusion: whither American fiction?
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