Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike.

Author: Judie Newman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136774874

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the possibility of terror — whether state or non-state, external or homegrown — shadows Utopian imaginings. Terror and Utopia are linked in fiction through the exploration of the commodification of affect, a phenomenon of a globalized world in which feelings are managed, homogenized across cultures, exaggerated, or expunged according to a dominant model. Narrative approaches to the terrorist offer a means to investigate the ways in which fiction can resist commodification of affect, and maintain a reasoned but imaginative vision of possibilities for human community. Newman explores topics such as the first American bestseller with a Muslim protagonist, the links between writer and terrorist, the work of Iranian-Jewish Americans, and the relation of race and religion to Utopian thought.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

Terror. in. Contemporary. American. Fiction. This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, ...

Author: Judie Newman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136774805

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the possibility of terror — whether state or non-state, external or homegrown — shadows Utopian imaginings. Terror and Utopia are linked in fiction through the exploration of the commodification of affect, a phenomenon of a globalized world in which feelings are managed, homogenized across cultures, exaggerated, or expunged according to a dominant model. Narrative approaches to the terrorist offer a means to investigate the ways in which fiction can resist commodification of affect, and maintain a reasoned but imaginative vision of possibilities for human community. Newman explores topics such as the first American bestseller with a Muslim protagonist, the links between writer and terrorist, the work of Iranian-Jewish Americans, and the relation of race and religion to Utopian thought.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

... and Spaces in Intercultural American Literature and Film Ana Ma Manzanas and Jesús Benito 15 American Utopia and ... of American Culture Literature, Film, and Music Edited by Rocío G. Davis Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American ...

Author: Peter Ferry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317743156

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not simply depict masculinity as a social and historical construction but seek to challenge the archetypal ideals of masculinity by writing counter-hegemonic narratives. Gendering canonical New York writers, namely Paul Auster, Bret Easton Ellis, and Don DeLillo, illustrates how explorations of masculinity are tied into the principal themes that have defined the American novel from its very beginning. The themes that feature in this study include the role of the novel in American society; the individual and (urban) society; the journey from innocence to awareness (of masculinity); the archetypal image of the absent and/or patriarchal father; the impact of homosocial relations on the everyday performance of masculinity; male sexuality; and the male individual and globalization. What connects these contemporary New York writers is their employment of the one of the great figures in the history of literature: the flâneur. These authors take the flâneur from the shadows of the Manhattan streets and elevate this figure to the role of self-reflexive agent of male subjectivity through which they write counter-hegemonic narratives of masculinity. This book is an essential reference for those with an interest in gender studies and contemporary American fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Literature

American Literature

——(2012) The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Newman, J. (2013) Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction, London and New York: Routledge. Norton, M.B. (2002) In the Devil's ...

Author: Hans Bertens

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135104580

Category: History

Page: 314

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This comprehensive history of American Literature traces its development from the earliest colonial writings of the late 1500s through to the present day. This lively, engaging and highly accessible guide: offers lucid discussions of all major influences and movements such as Puritanism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism and Postmodernism draws on the historical, cultural, and political contexts of key literary texts and authors covers the whole range of American literature: prose, poetry, theatre and experimental literature includes substantial sections on native and ethnic American literatures explains and contextualises major events, terms and figures in American history. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to situate their reading of American Literature in the appropriate religious, cultural, and political contexts.
Categories: History

European Perspectives on John Updike

European Perspectives on John Updike

Sense of America: Histories into Text, edited by Rodica Mihăilă and Irina Pană, 102–15. ... “The End of Innocence: Tales of Terror after 9/11. ... In Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction, 103– 16. London: Routledge.

Author: Laurence W. Mazzeno

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139726

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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A collection of essays that perceive Updike's America through the eyes of Western and Eastern European readers and scholars, contributing to Updike scholarship while demonstrating his resonance across the Atlantic
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

Helena Grice 11 Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in AfricanAmerican Literature Stephen Knadler 12 The Western ... Film, and Music Edited by Rocío G. Davis 21 Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction Judith Newman 22 ...

Author: Emma Staniland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134615049

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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This book explores six texts from across Spanish America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a range of novels from the late twentieth century, Staniland explores thematic concerns in terms of their role in elucidating a literary journey towards agency: that is, towards the articulation of a socially and personally viable female gendered identity, mindful of both the hegemonic discourses that constrain it, and the possibility of their deconstruction and reconfiguration. Myth, exile and the female body are the three central themes for understanding the personal, social and political aims of the Post-Boom women writers whose work is explored in this volume: Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Ángeles Mastretta, Sylvia Molloy, Cristina Peri Rossi and Zoé Valdés. Their adoption, and adaptation, of an originally eighteenth-century and European literary genre is seen here to reshape the global canon as much as it works to reshape our understanding of gendered identities as socially constructed, culturally contingent, and open-ended.
Categories: Literary Collections

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History Peter Swirski 16. Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction Edited ... Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction Judith Newman 22.

Author: Ana M. Manzanas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317917953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture inscribes itself within the spatial turn that permeates the ways we look at literary and cultural productions. The volume seeks to clarify the connections between race, space, class, and identity as it concentrates on different occupations and disoccupations, enclosures and boundaries. Space is scaled up and down, from the body, the ground zero of spatiality, to the texturology of Manhattan; from the striated place of the office in Melville’s "Bartleby, the Scrivener" on Wall Street, to the striated spaces of internment camps and reservations; from the lowest of the low, the (human) clutter that lined the streets of Albany, NY, during the Depression, to the new Towers of Babel that punctuate the contemporary architecture of transparencies. As it strings together these spatial narratives, the volume reveals how, beyond the boundaries that characterize each space, every location has loose ends that are impossible to contain.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture

Cold War American Literature and the Rise of Youth Culture

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History Peter Swirski ... Film, and Music Edited by Rocío G. Davis Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction Judith Newman Occupying Space in ...

Author: Denis Jonnes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317649489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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Demands placed on many young Americans as a result of the Cold War give rise to an increasingly age-segregated society. This separation allowed adolescents and young adults to begin to formulate an identity distinct from previous generations, and was a significant factor in their widespread rejection of contemporary American society. This study traces the emergence of a distinctive post-war family dynamic between parent and adolescent or already adult child. In-depth readings of individual writers such as, Arthur Miller, William Styron, J. D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor and Sylvia Plath, situate their work in relation to the Cold War and suggest how the figuring of adolescents and young people reflected and contributed to an empowerment of American youth. This book is a superb research tool for any student or academic with an interest in youth culture, cultural studies, American studies, cold war studies, twentieth-century American literature, history of the family, and age studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Identity Diaspora and Return in American Literature

Identity  Diaspora and Return in American Literature

... the Great Depression Stephen Fender Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction Aliki Varvogli Nabokov, ... American Culture Literature, Film, and Music Edited by Rocío G. Davis Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American ...

Author: Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317818212

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of ethnic experiences ranging from the Transatlantic, Asian American, Latino/a and Caribbean alongside their corresponding forms of displacement - political exile, war trauma, and economic migration - the essays in this collection connect the intimate experience of the returning subject to multiple locations, historical experiences, inter-subjective relations, and cultural interactions. They challenge the idea of the narrative of return as a journey back to the untouched roots and home that the ethnic subject left behind. Their diacritical approach combines, on the one hand, a sensitivity to the context and structural elements of modern diaspora; and on the other, an analysis of the individual psychological processes inherent to the experience of displacement and return such as nostalgia, memory and belonging. In the narratives of return analyzed in this volume, space and identity are never static or easily definable; rather, they are in-process and subject to change as they are always entangled in the historical and inter-subjective relations ensuing from displacement and mobility. This book will interest students and scholars who wish to further explore the role of American literature within current debates on globalization, migration, and ethnicity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture

19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time Will Norman The Transnationalism of American Culture Literature, Film, and Music Edited by Rocío G. Davis Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction Judith ...

Author: Tara Stubbs

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317446439

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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This study develops the important work carried out on American literature through the frameworks of transnational, transatlantic, and trans-local studies to ask what happens when these same aspects become intrinsic to the critical narrative. Much cultural criticism since the 1990s has sought to displace perceptions of American exceptionalism with broader notions of Atlanticism, transnationalism, world-system, and trans-localism as each has redefined the US and the world more generally. This collection shows how the remapping of America in terms of global networks, and as a set of particular localities, or even glocalities, now plays out in Americanist scholarship, reflecting on the critical consequences of the spatial turn in American literary and cultural studies. Spanning twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry, fiction, memoir, visual art, publishing, and television, and locating the US in Caribbean, African, Asian, European, and other contexts, this volume argues for a re-modelling of American-ness with the transnational as part of its innate rhetoric. It includes discussions of travel, migration, disease, media, globalization, and countless other examples of inflowing. Essays focus on subjects tracing the contemporary contours of the transnational, such as the role of the US in the rise of the global novel, the impact of Caribbean history on American thought (and vice versa), transatlantic cultural and philosophical genealogies and correspondences, and the exchanges between the poetics of American space and those of other world spaces. Asking questions about the way the American eye has traversed and consumed the objects and cultures of the world, but how that world is resistant, this volume will make an important contribution to American and Transatlantic literary studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism