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American mythologies : new essays in contemporary literature

Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
"The thirteen essays focus mainly on prose fiction, but also consider recent poetry. Using a variety of critical approaches, they investigate how contemporary American literature uses mythology, for example, to redirect debate over issues of race, ethnicity and gender. Above all, this book opens up ways to redefine how myths influence American writing and re-establishes mythology as an essential critical and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
ISBN: 0853237360 9780853237365 0853237468 9780853237464
OCLC Number: 986640204
Description: 288 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Indians with voices : revisiting Savagism and civilization / Betty Louise Bell --
2. Wild hope : love, money and mythic identity in the novels of Louise Erdrich / William Blazek --
3. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee : mythologies of representation in selected writings on boxing by Norman Mailer / Christopher Brookeman --
4. The secret sharing : myth and memory in the writing of Jayne Anne Phillips / Michael K. Glenday --
5. The individual's ghost : towards a new mythology of the postmodern / Leslie Heywood --
6. 'Cheap, on sale, American dream' : contemporary Asian American women writers' responses to American success mythologies / Phillipa Kafka --
7. 'No way back forever' : American western myth in Cormac McCarthy's border trilogy / Peter Messent --
8. Native American visions of apocalypse : prophecy and protest in the fiction of Leslie Marmon Silko and Gerald Vizenor / David Mogen --
9. The brave new world of computing in post-war American science fiction / David Seed --
10. Mythologies of 'ecstatic immersion' : America, the poem and the ethics of lyric in Jorie Graham and Lisa Jarnot / Nick Selby --
11. Whose myth is it anyway? : coyote in the poetry of Gary Snyder and Simon J. Ortiz / Mark Shackleton --
12. Aging, anxious and apocalyptic : baseball's myths for the millennium / Deeanne Westbrook --
13. Finding a voice, telling a story : constructing communal identity in contemporary American women's writing / Lois Parkinson Zamora.
Responsibility: edited by William Blazek and Michael Glenday.


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An essential set of literary-critical commentaries on one of the most important pathways to understanding American culture. The diverse essays in American Mythologies bring the subject up to date by Read more...

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