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The Cambridge Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction
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  • Page extent: 266 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9781107049215)

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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.

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; Index.

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