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From the Civil War to the apocalypse : postmodern history and American fiction

Author: Timothy Parrish
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2008.
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"Recent postmodern theorists have argued that since history is a narrative art, it must be understood as a form of narrative representation analogous to fiction ... In addressing the postmodernist claim that history works no differently than fiction, Timothy Parrish rejects the implication that history is dead or hopelessly relativistic. Rather, he shows how the best postmodern novelists compel their readers to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Parrish, Timothy, 1964-
From the Civil War to the apocalypse.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2008
(OCoLC)607635922
Named Person: Thomas Pynchon; Joan Didion; William Faulkner; Cormac McCarthy; Toni Morrison
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Parrish
ISBN: 9781558496279 1558496270 9781558496262 1558496262
OCLC Number: 144548166
Description: x, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Absalom, Absalom!: Faulkner's true history of the South --
Cormac McCarthy's Blood meridian : the first and last book of America --
Off Faulkner's plantation : Toni Morrison's Beloved and Song of Solomon --
Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon : drawing a line in the sands of history --
History after Henry Adams and Ronald Reagan : Joan Didion's Democracy and Don Delillo's Underworld --
Denis Johnson's Fiskadoro: postcolonial America.
Responsibility: Timothy Parrish.
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