Chapter 1. Part I: Before 1980

  1. Patrick O'Donnell

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch1

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

How to Cite

O'Donnell, P. (2010) Part I: Before 1980, in The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167574

Online ISBN: 9781444317893

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Keywords:

  • Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead - psychological complexity, jolting explorations of sexuality and violence;
  • The Naked and the Dead - “triumph of realism [that] … to a new and significant talent among American novelists” (Dempsey);
  • Djuna Barnes's Nightwood - surrealist exploration of eccentric lives of Parisian wanderers;
  • Mailer's journalistic realism combined - probing individual psychologies and Hawkes's linguistic experimentalism;
  • Literary movements in France, OULIPO (Ouvroir de Litt é rature Potentielle) or Workshop for Potential Literature;
  • linguistic turn in contemporary American fiction - works published, between World War II and 1980;
  • contemporary ethnic literature proliferation - in United States before 1980;
  • relationship between fiction and history by contemporary writers - rubric of “historiographic metafiction”;
  • Herzog, Gravity's Rainbow, and Song of Solomon - how contemporary identity comprises “only words”