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Kurt Vonnegut's crusade, or, How a postmodern harlequin preached a new kind of humanism

Author: Todd F Davis
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2006.
Series: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Kurt Vonnegut's desire to save the planet from environmental and military destruction, to enact change by telling stories that both critique and embrace humanity, sets him apart from many of the postmodern authors who rose to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. This new look at Vonnegut's oeuvre examines his insistence that writing is an "act of good citizenship or an attempt, at any rate, to be a good citizen."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Kurt Vonnegut; Kurt Vonnegut; Kurt Vonnegut
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Todd F Davis
ISBN: 0791466752 9780791466759
OCLC Number: 58789451
Description: ix, 166 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Postmodern (Midwestern) morality : the act of affirming humanity in a screwed-up world --
Searching for answers in the early novels, or, What are we here for anyway? --
Apocalyptic grumbling : postmodern righteousness in the late novels.
Series Title: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Other Titles: Kurt Vonnegut's crusade
How a postmodern harlequin preached a new kind of humanism
Responsibility: Todd F. Davis.
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"Kurt Vonnegut's desire to save the planet from environmental and military destruction, to enact change by telling stories that both critique and embrace humanity, sets him apart from many of the postmodern authors who rose to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. This new look at Vonnegut's oeuvre examines his insistence that writing is an "act of good citizenship or an attempt, at any rate, to be a good citizen." By exploring the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut's work, Todd F. Davis demonstrates that, over the course of his long career, Vonnegut has created a new kind of humanism that not only bridges the modern and postmodern, but also offers hope for the power and possibilities of story. Davis highlights the ways Vonnegut deconstructs and demystifies the "grand narratives" of American culture while offering provisional narratives - petites histoires - that may serve as tools for daily living."--Jacket.

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