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The Resource Reciting America : culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction, Christopher Douglas

Reciting America : culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction, Christopher Douglas

Label
Reciting America : culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction
Title
Reciting America
Title remainder
culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Douglas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Reciting America provides fresh readings of Russell Banks's Continental Drift, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior, and T. Coraghessan Boyle's East is East, as well as other texts such as the cartoons of Matt Groening and the presidential inaugural poems of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Considering these works in light of theories of Mikhail Bakhtin, Sacvan Bercovitch, and others, Douglas suggests that the American Dream and several other national vocabularies have become inflexible forms of language that disallow apprehension of the real. He explores how these novels and other texts confront national discourse and strive, though with inconclusive results, to open America up to new subject positions by offering alternatives to the dominant ideology." "Douglas finds contemporary intellectual and political life, against the backdrop of a mythology enshrined in proclamations, pledges, and public documents, to be impoverished by the pervasive use of cliches, which he identifies as figures of speech that stimulate emotion or action while shortcircuiting reflection. In its extreme cliched form, the American Dream consists of nothing more than advertising slogans and popular culture images; yet these pronouncements retain a powerful hold on the will and imagination of U.S. citizens." "Probing the limits of public discourse, the potency of the American Dream cliche, and the complexity of identity in the United States, Reciting America is a sophisticated look at the range of motion available to individuals trying to act on the official texts that produce them as social beings."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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1968-
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Douglas, Christopher
Dewey number
813/.5093273
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.U5
LC item number
D68 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • Language and culture
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • United States
  • America
Label
Reciting America : culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction, Christopher Douglas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-194) 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
Control code
43656908
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 203 pages
Isbn
9780252026034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00008709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Reciting America : culture and cliché in contemporary U.S. fiction, Christopher Douglas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-194) 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
Control code
43656908
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 203 pages
Isbn
9780252026034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00008709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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