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American superrealism : Nathanael West and the politics of representation in the 1930s

Author: Jonathan Veitch
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997.
Series: Wisconsin project on American writers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nathanael West has been hailed as "an apocalyptic writer," "a writer on the left," and "a precursor to postmodernism." But until now no critic has succeeded in fully engaging West's distinctive method of negation. In American Superrealism, Jonathan Veitch examines West's letters, short stories, screenplays and novels - some of which are discussed here for the first time - as well as West's collaboration with  Read more...
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Veitch, Jonathan.
American superrealism.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605491547
Named Person: Nathanael West; Nathanael West; Nathanael West; Nathanaël West; Nathanael West
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Veitch
ISBN: 0299157008 9780299157005 0299157040 9780299157043
OCLC Number: 36696535
Description: xx, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Who Can We Shoot? The Crisis of Representation in the 1930s --
1. American Superrealism --
2. Euclid's Asshole: The Dream Life of Balso Snell --
3. "Lousy with Pure / Reeking with Stark": Contact --
4. The People Talk: Miss Lonelyhearts --
5. The Folklore of Capitalism: A Cool Million --
6. The Cliches Are Having a Ball: The Day of the Locust --
Postscript: Madonna's Bustier; or "The Burning of Los Angeles."
Series Title: Wisconsin project on American writers.
Responsibility: Jonathan Veitch.
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This study of "apocalyptic writer" Nathanael West examines his body of work, exploring his distinctive method of negation. Locating him in an American avant-garde tradition, the author considers the  Read more...

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A brilliant contribution to Nathanael West studies and American studies more generally. Dickran Tashjian, author of A Boatload of Madmen: Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde, 1920-1950"

 
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