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American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990

American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990

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D. Quentin Miller, Kevin L. Ferguson, Kameelah Martin, Josef Benson, S. Lillian Kremer, Beauty Bragg, Walter W. Hölbling, Kathy Knapp, Katy Ryan, Carl Sederholm, Thomas Gardner, Brian Cremins, Colleen Rua, Evan Brier, Ilan Stavans, Mary Jo Bona, Nicole Sparling, Tyler Bradway, Thomas Heise, Bob Batchelor, Leigh Claire LaBerge, Steven Belletto
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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108415606

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  • History has not been kind to the 1980s. The decade is often associated with absurd fashion choices, neo-Conservatism in the Reagan/Bush years, the AIDS crisis, Wall Street ethics, and uninspired television, film, and music. Yet the literature of the 1980s is undeniably rich and lasting. American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990 seeks to frame some of the decade's greatest achievements such as Toni Morrison's monumental novel Beloved and to consider some of the trends that began in the 1980s and developed thereafter, including the origins of the graphic novel, prison literature, and the opening of multiculturalism vis-à-vis the 'canon wars'. This volume argues not only for the importance of 1980s American literature, but also for its centrality in understanding trends and trajectories in all contemporary literature against the broader background of culture. This volume serves as both an introduction and a deep consideration of the literary culture of our most maligned decade.

    • The first volume to consider a broad range of literature from the 1980s
    • Puts 'high art' and popular culture into a dialogue with one another, enabling the reader to consider literature not as a fixed entity, but as a challenged domain, always in flux, which is in fact one legacy of the 'canon wars' of the 1980s
    • Contextualizes literature against a broad background of cultural production, historical inquiry, ethnic identity, and political scene, encouraging the reader to view this literature as very much a part of the fabric of American culture
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    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108415606
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the screen and the page D. Quentin Miller
    1. Magic, meet realism: world mythology on American soil D. Quentin Miller
    2. Youth culture on the skids: Generation X and Brat Pack fiction Kevin L. Ferguson
    3. Womanism Kameelah Martin
    4. Revisiting masculinity Josef Benson
    5. The ghosts of history (1): the Holocaust reexamined S. Lillian Kremer
    6. The ghosts of history (2): narrative authority and contemporaneous social subjectivity in the neo-slave narrative Beauty Bragg
    7. The enduring literary legacy of the Vietnam War Walter W. Hölbling
    8. 'How did I get here?': Roth, Updike, and the embarrassment of riches Kathy Knapp
    9. A prison nation and freedom dreams:
    1980s literature of incarceration Katy Ryan
    10. The horror! The Stephen King industry Carl Sederholm
    11. Poetry, language, and history in the 1980s Thomas Gardner
    12. 'An imaginary story': comic books and graphic novels in the 1980s Brian Cremins
    13. 'Pop operas, or Broadway sells T-Shirts! Colleen Rua
    14. Working-class fiction and 'dirty realism' Evan Brier
    15. The surge of Latino lit Ilan Stavans
    16. The culture wars and the canon debate Mary Jo Bona
    17. 'We are the world, we are the children':
    1980s world literature bears witness to US-American exceptionalism and imperialism Nicole Sparling
    18. Literature in an age of plague: the AIDS epidemic Tyler Bradway
    19. Libertarian fictions: violence and the free-market radicalism of 1980s literature Thomas Heise
    20. Neoconservative ascendancy, the Reagan Age, and literature's response Bob Batchelor
    21. The literature of high finance in the 1980s Leigh Claire LaBerge
    22. From nuclear fear to shades of gray: the end of the Cold War Steven Belletto.

  • Editor

    D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University, Massachusetts
    D. Quentin Miller is the author, editor, or co-editor of ten books, most recently The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature (2016), 'A Criminal Power': James Baldwin and the Law (2012), and Prose and Cons: Essays on Prison Literature in the United States (2005). Forthcoming books include Understanding John Edgar Wideman and James Baldwin in Context. He has also published more than two dozen articles or chapters on contemporary literature. Moreover, he is a fiction writer and plans to write a memoir / intellectual history of the 1980s as a companion to this volume.

    Contributors

    D. Quentin Miller, Kevin L. Ferguson, Kameelah Martin, Josef Benson, S. Lillian Kremer, Beauty Bragg, Walter W. Hölbling, Kathy Knapp, Katy Ryan, Carl Sederholm, Thomas Gardner, Brian Cremins, Colleen Rua, Evan Brier, Ilan Stavans, Mary Jo Bona, Nicole Sparling, Tyler Bradway, Thomas Heise, Bob Batchelor, Leigh Claire LaBerge, Steven Belletto

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