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The program era : postwar fiction and the rise of creative writing

Author: Mark McGurl
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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McGurl argues that far from occasioning a decline in the quality or interest in American writing, the rise of the creative writing program [in higher education] has instead generated a complex and evolving constellation of aesthetic problems that have been explored with energy and at times brilliance by authors ranging from Flannery O'Connor to Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark McGurl
ISBN: 9780674062092 0674062094 9780674033191 0674033191
OCLC Number: 261174089
Description: xiv, 466 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: halls of mirror --
Autobardolatry: modernist fiction, progressive education, "creative writing" --
Understanding Iowa: the religion of institutionalization --
The social construction of unreality: creative writing in the open system --
Our phonocentrism: finding the voice of the (minority) storyteller --
The hidden injuries of craft: mass higher education and lower-middle-class modernism --
Art and alma mater: the family, the nation, and the primal scene of instruction --
Miniature America: or, the program in transplanetary perspective --
Afterword: systematic excellence.
Responsibility: Mark McGurl.
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Interprets postwar American fiction, asserting that it can be understood only in relation to the rise of mass higher education and the creative writing program. This book asks how the patronage of  Read more...

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