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The hero in contemporary American fiction : the works of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo

Author: Stephanie S Halldorson
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Series: American literature readings in the 21st century.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Saul Bellow; Don DeLillo; Bellow; DeLillo; Saül Bellow; Don DeLillo; Saul Bellow; Don DeLillo; Bellow; DeLillo; Saul Bellow; Don DeLillo
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie S Halldorson
ISBN: 1403983887 9781403983886
OCLC Number: 171112119
Description: xii, 223 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Defining the hero form --
Henderson the rain king: the hero surrendered --
Mr. Sammler's planet: the hero accused --
White noise: the hero defended --
Mao II: the hero returned.
Series Title: American literature readings in the 21st century.
Responsibility: Stephanie S. Halldorson.

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"This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors, spurious academics, cult followers, terrorists, celebrities, photographers, and writers of novels who all attempt to claim the right to be "hero.""--BOOK JACKET.

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