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Title The Cambridge companion to American fiction after 1945 / [edited by] John N. Duvall.
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012.
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 Floor4  PS379 .C26 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xvi, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge companions to literature
Cambridge companions to literature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: a story of the stories of American fiction after 1945 / John N. Duvall -- Part I. Poetics and Genres: 1. Postmodern metafiction / Amy J. Elias -- 2. Contemporary realism / Robert Rebein -- 3. New journalism and the nonfiction novel / Stacey Olster -- 4. Science fiction / Phillip E. Wegner -- 5. The short story / Susan Lohafer -- Part II. Historical and Cultural Contexts: 6. African American fiction / Keith Byerman -- 7. American Indian fiction / Nancy J. Peterson -- 8. Multiethnicities: Latino/a and Asian American fiction / A. Robert Lee -- 9. American Jewish fiction / Victoria Aarons -- 10. Feminist fiction / Jane Elliott -- 11. Southern fiction / Martyn Bone -- 12. Fiction and the Cold War / Alan Nadel -- 13. Fiction and 9/11 / John N. Duvall -- Part III. Major Authors: 14. Ralph Ellison / Nicole A. Waligora-Davis -- 15. Flannery O'Connor / Jay Watson -- 16. Thomas Pynchon / Brian Jarvis -- 17. Toni Morrison / Linden Peach -- 18. Don DeLillo / Laura Barrett -- Conclusion: whither American fiction? / Jessica Pressman.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Related Names Duvall, John N. (John Noel), 1956-
ISBN 9780521196314
9780521123471 (pbk.)
052112347X (pbk.)
OCLC number 752472781