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The fruited plain : fables for a postmodern democracy

Author: Alvin B Kernan
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? In this book Alvin Kernan sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alvin B Kernan
ISBN: 0300092903 9780300092905
OCLC Number: 48084355
Description: x, 260 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Preface ix --
ONE --
Merry Xmas from the Joads 1 --
TWO --
Majoring in Deconstruction 19 --
THREE --
Religion USA 50 --
FOUR --
Art Lets It All Hang Out 75 --
FIVE --
The Politics Gene 98 --
SIX --
Klutz-Brightgrin H.R. 1984- --
The John Quincy Thud On-Line Biography --
of Great Americans 125 --
SEVEN --
Poshpenny v. Lone Tree State 153 --
EIGHT --
A Long Way Up the Arroyo 178 --
NINE --
Operation Gulliver 205 --
TEN --
Virtual America 227 --
Selected Items from the On-Line Biography --
of Great Americans 251.
Responsibility: Alvin Kernan.
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"The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? In this book Alvin Kernan sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The experiences of today's Joads are as hilarious as they are discomfiting: they encounter in Kernan's America a world of democracy gone haywire and social institutions in perplexing disarray."--Jacket.

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