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Dark eyes on America : the novels of Joyce Carol Oates

Author: Gavin Cologne-Brookes
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this comprehensive and accessible study, Gavin Cologne-Brookes traces in Joyce Carol Oates's novels evidence of an evolving consciousness that ultimately forgoes abstract introspection and the philosophical pursuit of certainty in favor of a more practical approach to art as a tool for understanding personal and social problems and possibilities." "Drawing on the intellectual tradition of American Pragmatism,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Joyce Carol Oates; Joyce Carol Oates; Joyce Carol Oates; Joyce Carol Oates
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Cologne-Brookes
ISBN: 0807129852 9780807129852
OCLC Number: 55488008
Description: xii, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Mirrors and windows --
Abstraction into action --
Rewriting the novel --
Look back time --
Dark eyes on America.
Responsibility: Gavin Cologne-Brookes.

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"In this comprehensive and accessible study, Gavin Cologne-Brookes traces in Joyce Carol Oates's novels evidence of an evolving consciousness that ultimately forgoes abstract introspection and the philosophical pursuit of certainty in favor of a more practical approach to art as a tool for understanding personal and social problems and possibilities." "Drawing on the intellectual tradition of American Pragmatism, Cologne-Brookes emphasizes the social value of Oates's later work in particular. He shows how Oates's willingness to enter the minds of a vast array of protagonists points to her belief in the possibility of understanding diverse American realities. At the same time, her work recognizes an often mutually incomprehensible diversity as the actual state of affairs in American society." "Cologne-Brookes undertook extensive research for his study, including interviewing and corresponding with Oates."--Jacket.

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