The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction

This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world.

The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction

This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors, spurious academics, cult followers, terrorists, celebrities, photographers and writers of novels who all attempt to claim the right to be "hero."

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The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 223
Authors: S. Halldorson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-04-09 - Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago.
The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 223
Authors: S. Halldorson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-09 - Publisher: Springer

This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago.
Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 193
Authors: A. Graham-Bertolini
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-26 - Publisher: Springer

Graham-Bertolini provides the first analysis of vigilante women in contemporary American fiction. She develops a dynamic model of vigilante heroines using literary and feminist theory and applies it to important texts to broaden our understanding of how law and culture infringe upon women's rights.
Fetishism and Its Discontents in Post-1960 American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 270
Authors: C. Kocela
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-10 - Publisher: Springer

This study explores the concept of fetishism as a strategy for expressing social and political discontent in American literature, and for negotiating traumatic experiences particular to the second half of the twentieth century.
Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: M. Gauthier
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-10 - Publisher: Springer

This book shows how a political and cultural dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Gauthier focuses on the works of Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka.