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Pluralist desires : contemporary historical fiction and the end of the Cold War

Author: Philipp Löffler
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd., 2015.
Series: European studies in North American literature and culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 'Pluralist Desires', Philipp Loffler explores the contemporary historical novel in conjunction with three cultural shifts that have crucially affected political and intellectual life in the United States during the 1990s and 2000s: the end of the Cold War, the decline of postmodernism, and the re-emergence of cultural pluralism. Contemporary historical fiction - from Don DeLillo's 'Underworld' and Philip Roth's  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Löffler, Philipp, 1981-
Pluralist desires.
Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2015
(DLC) 2015021120
(OCoLC)908084139
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philipp Löffler
ISBN: 9781782046790 1782046798
OCLC Number: 930602585
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages).
Contents: Frontcover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Saving Private Ryan, the End of the Cold War, and the Value of Historical Experience; 1: The Uses of History: From Nineteenth-Century Historicism to Twenty-First-Century Pluralism; 2: "No Longer and Not Yet": Don DeLillo and the Aftermath of the Cold War; 3: After Race: Body Language and Historiography in Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy; 4: "A Singular Act of Invention": Storytelling, Pluralism, and Philip Roth's American Trilogy; 5: Lukácsian Aesthetics, Self-Creation, and Richard Powers's Plowing the Dark; Epilogue; Notes
Series Title: European studies in North American literature and culture.
Responsibility: Philipp Löffler.

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Excavates the contemporary revival of 19th-century cultural pluralism, revealing how American novelists since the 1990s have appropriated the historical novel in the pursuit of selfhood rather than  Read more...

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