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The naturalistic inner-city novel in America : encounters with the fat man

Author: James Richard Giles
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James R. Giles examines the evolution of a literary tradition born with the rise of America's urban centers - American inner-city naturalism. Giles uses narrative distance to measure the evolution of this literary tradition, and he finds that the slum dweller who was introduced - and held at arm's length - by Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, and Jack London assumed center stage in the works of such leading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Richard Giles
ISBN: 1570030464 9781570030468
OCLC Number: 31934152
Description: ix, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Tour guides and explorers --
The fat man finds his voice, part 1 : Michael Gold's Jews without money --
The fat man finds his voice, part 2 : Richard Wright's Native son --
Encountering the urban grotesque : Nelson Algren's Man with the golden arm --
The game of mum as theme and narrative technique in Hubert Selby's Last exit to Brooklyn --
"Hey, world" : John Rechy's City of night --
"Miss Oates" and the naturalistic imagination : Joyce Carol Oates's Them --
Conclusion : the fat man revealed.
Responsibility: James R. Giles.

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Giles (English, Northern Illinois U.) surveys the early examples of inner-city naturalism, then examines in detail six 20th- century novels. He finds that the earlier novels by Stephen Crane, Frank  Read more...

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