American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism

American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism

Adam Kelly


American Fiction in Transition is a learn of the observer-hero narrative, a hugely major yet severely overlooked style of the yankee novel. during the lens of this transitional style, the ebook explores the Nineteen Nineties with regards to debates concerning the finish of postmodernism, and connects the last decade to different transitional sessions in US literature. Novels by way of 4 significant modern writers are tested: Philip Roth, Paul Auster, E. L. Doctorow and Jeffrey Eugenides. every one novel has the same constitution: an observer-narrator tells the tale of a tremendous individual in his lifestyles who has died. yet each one tale is both in regards to the fight to inform the tale, to discover sufficient ability to relate the transitional caliber of the hero's existence. In taking part in out this narrative fight, every one novel thereby addresses the wider challenge of historic transition, an issue that marks the legacy of the postmodern period in American literature and culture.

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