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The Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in an Age of Inflation

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"Inflation affects literary occupations and preoccupations quite as much as it does financial scrip." Starting from this premise, Charles Newman ventures forth on an irreverent, wide-ranging discussion of the "Post-Modern" attitude in fiction, culture, and sensibility. Newman questions the "revolutionary" claims of avant-garde novelists and literary theorists, but he is no less critical of the arguments of neoconservatives, neorealists, and advocates of "moral fiction." Newman argues that neither of these groups has confronted the unprecedented break with tradition entailed by an economics and culture of inflation. A combination of cultural critique, literary criticism, economic forecast, and historical jeremiad, The Post-Modern Aura is finally a positive statement, celebrating "The Act of Fiction" and suggesting how the forces which have been devaluing it might be overcome.

About the Author

Charles Newman was educated at Yale and Oxford Universities. From 1964-75 he taught at Northwestern University where he founded and edited Tri-Quarterly. Subsequently he taught at Johns Hopkins University and Washington University in St. Louis. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, Rockefeller and National Endowment grants, as well as the Zabel award for A Child's History of America. His novels include New Axis, The Promisekeeper, There Must be More to Love than Death, and White Jazz.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810106697
Author:
Newman, Charles
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Preface by:
Graff, Gerald
Preface:
Graff, Gerald
Author:
Graff, Gerald
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature)
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19850431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
203
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in

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