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The Resource Violence in the contemporary American novel : an end to innocence, James R. Giles

Violence in the contemporary American novel : an end to innocence, James R. Giles

Label
Violence in the contemporary American novel : an end to innocence
Title
Violence in the contemporary American novel
Title remainder
an end to innocence
Statement of responsibility
James R. Giles
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Violence in the Contemporary American Novel attends to the trope of violence in eight contemporary American urban novels. James R. Giles shows that these representative works, published between 1968 and 1994, convey a sense of violence as an epidemic, a modern plague that threatens to extinguish the dreams, aspirations, and actual lives of the inhabitants of America's cities. Framing his study with two cases of violence involving children in Chicago, he notes the degree to which violence in the novels is perpetrated by adults against children or, even more shockingly, by children against children." "Giles demonstrates that American writers have assumed a responsibility not only to record the plague of violence that so threatens the survival of the nation's children but also to seek explanations for its origins. He argues that the violence in these works, which is never portrayed as a positive form of revolutionary action but is instead represented as reactive effect, emerges largely out of ethnic antagonism, racial and gender division, and class oppression." "He contends that the novelists cumulatively offer diversity as an antidote to the initiation and spread of violence, and he concludes that they envision cultural diversity as urban America's opportunity for redemption and hope."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Giles, James Richard
Dewey number
813/.5409355
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.V58
LC item number
G55 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Violence in literature
  • Literature and society
  • City and town life in literature
  • Inner cities in literature
  • Minorities in literature
Label
Violence in the contemporary American novel : an end to innocence, James R. Giles
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-153) 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
Introduction: Innocence dying younger -- Dedalus in the Dood Kamer: William Kennedy's Quinn's book -- The context of American innocence: Caleb Carr's The alienist -- The Ducky Boys and the urban punk killing machine: Richard Price's The wanderers -- A postmodern children's crusade: John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia fire -- Nature despoiled and artificial: Sandra Cisneros's The house on Mango Street -- Violence and the immanence of the "thing unknown": Cormac McCarthy's Suttree -- Redemptive landscape, malevolent city: Scott Momaday's House made of dawn -- Discovering a substitute for salvation: John Rechy's The miraculous day of Amalia Gómez -- Conclusion: Girl X and the country of last things
Control code
41076122
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 161 pages
Isbn
9781570033285
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99006277
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Violence in the contemporary American novel : an end to innocence, James R. Giles
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-153) 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
Introduction: Innocence dying younger -- Dedalus in the Dood Kamer: William Kennedy's Quinn's book -- The context of American innocence: Caleb Carr's The alienist -- The Ducky Boys and the urban punk killing machine: Richard Price's The wanderers -- A postmodern children's crusade: John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia fire -- Nature despoiled and artificial: Sandra Cisneros's The house on Mango Street -- Violence and the immanence of the "thing unknown": Cormac McCarthy's Suttree -- Redemptive landscape, malevolent city: Scott Momaday's House made of dawn -- Discovering a substitute for salvation: John Rechy's The miraculous day of Amalia Gómez -- Conclusion: Girl X and the country of last things
Control code
41076122
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 161 pages
Isbn
9781570033285
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99006277
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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