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

ISBN: 9781441112859

Published: April 25th 2013

Hardcover

176 pages


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

American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism by Adam Kelly
April 25th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 176 pages | ISBN: 9781441112859 | 6.43 Mb

American Fiction in Transition is a study of the observer-hero narrative, a highly significant but critically neglected genre of the American novel. Through the lens of this transitional genre, the book explores the 1990s in relation to debates about the end of postmodernism, and connects the decade to other transitional periods in US literature. Novels by four major contemporary writers are examined: Philip Roth, Paul Auster, E. L. Doctorow and Jeffrey Eugenides.

Each novel has a similar structure: an observer-narrator tells the story of an important person in his life who has died. But each story is equally about the struggle to tell the story, to find adequate means to narrate the transitional quality of the heros life. In playing out this narrative struggle, each novel thereby addresses the broader problem of historical transition, a problem that marks the legacy of the postmodern era in American literature and culture.



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