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The Cambridge Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction

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  • Author: Stacey Olster, Stony Brook University, State University of New York
  • Date Published: June 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108378161

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  • The Cambridge Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction explores fiction written over the last thirty years in the context of the profound political, historical, and cultural changes that have distinguished the contemporary period. Focusing on both established and emerging writers - and with chapters devoted to the American historical novel, regional realism, the American political novel, the end of the Cold War and globalization, 9/11, borderlands and border identities, race, and the legacy of postmodern aesthetics - this Introduction locates contemporary American fiction at the intersection of a specific time and long-standing traditions. In the process, it investigates the entire concept of what constitutes an “American” author while exploring the vexed, yet resilient, nature of what the concept of home has come to signify in so much writing today. This wide-ranging study will be invaluable to students, instructors, and general readers alike.

    • Offers a broad coverage of American fiction of the last thirty years, extending the history of the American novel at least a decade beyond that found in competing works
    • Addresses both established and emerging novelists, introducing readers to the wide range of writers that make up contemporary American fiction
    • Proposes a new paradigm for what constitutes an 'American' author in the contemporary period, expanding the definition of 'American fiction' beyond authorial birthplace, citizenship, and residence
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    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108378161
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: from Sweet Home to homeland
    1. History and the novel
    2. Regional realism
    3. The contemporary political novel
    4. The novel and 9/11
    5. Smooth worlds
    6. Borderlands and border identities
    7. Race relations
    Conclusion: postscripts and post-postmodernism
    Works cited

  • Author

    Stacey Olster, Stony Brook University, State University of New York
    Stacey Olster is Professor of English at Stony Brook University, a former Fulbright Fellow Scholar, and an award-winning teacher. She is the author of Reminiscence and Re-Creation in Contemporary American Fiction (Cambridge, 1989) and The Trash Phenomenon: Contemporary Literature, Popular Culture, and the Making of the American Century (2003), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to John Updike (Cambridge, 2006) and Don DeLillo: Mao II, Underworld, Falling Man (2011). Her articles on contemporary American literature and culture have appeared in essay collections and journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Critical Inquiry, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Critique.

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