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The Resource John Updike's human comedy : comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels, Brian Keener

John Updike's human comedy : comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels, Brian Keener

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John Updike's human comedy : comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels
Title
John Updike's human comedy
Title remainder
comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels
Statement of responsibility
Brian Keener
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The comedy in John Updike's most important works - The Centaur; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; and "Rabbit Remembered"--Defines a comic world and its morality. Although critics have failed to recognize the extent and the importance of Updike's comedy, his serious fiction does contain a good deal of farce, burlesque, and irony that, far from being peripheral or mere comic relief, depicts the absurd and contradictory nature of life. Within such a world, set in the everyday Pennsylvania of the second half of the twentieth century, human beings mature, or gain Kierkegaard's ethical sphere, by fulfilling their societal and generational responsibilities. George Caldwell of The Centaur is Updike's paragon, while Rabbit Angstrom embodies the comic hero who, through trial and error, finally matures. Overall, through an analysis of Updike's comedy, this book reveals a dimension of his fiction that is essential to understanding his work."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keener, Brian
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3571.P4
LC item number
Z744 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern American literature : new approaches
Series volume
v. 43
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Angstrom, Harry (Fictitious character)
  • Middle class men in literature
  • Comic, The, in literature
  • Mythology in literature
  • Ethics in literature
  • Humorous stories, American
  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John
Label
John Updike's human comedy : comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels, Brian Keener
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [139]-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The comic paragon and the meticulous man in The Centaur -- The comic hero's place in the generations in Rabbit, Run -- The comic hero's renewal in the Rabbit Rudux -- The role of comedy in dispelling illusion in Rabbin is Rich -- The comic hero accepts his mortality in Rabbit at Rest -- Nelson Redux in "Rabbit Remembered."
Control code
54865136
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 148 pages
Isbn
9780820470900
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004006665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
John Updike's human comedy : comic morality in the centaur and the rabbit novels, Brian Keener
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [139]-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The comic paragon and the meticulous man in The Centaur -- The comic hero's place in the generations in Rabbit, Run -- The comic hero's renewal in the Rabbit Rudux -- The role of comedy in dispelling illusion in Rabbin is Rich -- The comic hero accepts his mortality in Rabbit at Rest -- Nelson Redux in "Rabbit Remembered."
Control code
54865136
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 148 pages
Isbn
9780820470900
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004006665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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