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The Psychology of Social Class in the Fiction of Russell Banks, Denis Johnson and Harry Crews : Neo-Realism, Naturalism, and Humanism in Contemporary Fiction

Author: David Buehrer
Publisher: Lewiston : The Edwin Mellen Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents the psycho-social complexes that drive the fictional characters' sense of selfhood in the works of Banks, Johnson and Crews.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Russell Banks; Harry Crews; Denis Johnson; Russell Banks; Harry Crews; Denis Johnson; Russell Banks; Harry Crews; Denis Johnson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Buehrer
ISBN: 9780773400603 0773400605
OCLC Number: 863801605
Description: xiv, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: On "New" realisms and why class matters to the fiction of Banks, Johnson, and Crews --
Review of literature --
State of the question/problem: A matter of form, question of class --
Thesis/Solution to problem: Realism, class consciousness, Neo-Humanism --
Methodology of argument --
On primary/secondary sources used to prove argument's validity --
II. Russell Banks and the psychological burdens of class: Affliction and The angel on the roof --
Banks and the role of class "affliction" --
When "The child screams and looks back at you": The psychology of class in The angel on the roof --
III. Denis Johnson's psychological paradoxes: Class and the quest for identity in Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Tree of Smoke --
The "Institutional man" as "Knight of faith": Resuscitation of a Hanged man --
"No direction home": Class determinism and the Vietnam war narrative revisited in Tree of Smoke --
Crews's Blues: Naturalistic determinism and class consciousness in A Feast of Snakes and Body: A tragicomedy --
"Down the shitter to Nowhere land": Naturalist survival of the fittest in Body: A tragicomedy --
Conclusion: A "New" humanism in American fiction?
Responsibility: David Buehrer ; with a foreword by Daniel Royot.

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"David Buehrer's seminal study constitutes a brilliant aggiornamento after decades of dogmatic literary theory born of postmodern experimental fiction. His critique of banks, Johnson, and Crews Read more...

 
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