Leopards in the Temple
The Transformation of American Fiction 1945-1970
By (author) Morris Dickstein
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Leopards in the Temple by Morris Dickstein
Book DescriptionThe twenty-five years after the Second World War were a lively and fertile period for the American novel and an era of momentous transformation in American society. Taking his title from the Kafka parable about the leopards who kept racing into the courtyard of the temple, disrupting the sacrifice, until they were made part of the ritual, Morris Dickstein shows how a daring band of outsiders reshaped the American novel and went on to dominate American fiction for the rest of the century. In fluid prose, offering a social as well as a literary history, Dickstein provides a wide-ranging and frank reassessment of more than twenty key figures--including Jewish writers like Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth, African-Americans such as Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin, colorful emigres like Vladimir Nabokov, and avatars of a new youth culture, including J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac. Disputing the received wisdom about the culture of the cold war, Dickstein shows why artists turned inward after the war and demonstrates how the writing of the 1960s emerged from the cultural ferment of the preceding decades, including road novels, avant-garde painting, bebop, film, psychoanalysis, and social changes that continue to affect us today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674006041
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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A series that offers quality editions of important works of literature to the student and the general reader, each featuring new scholarship and pages of carefully crafted extras. It pulls together a constellation of influences; biographical, historical and literary, to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
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A National Book Critics Circle finalist: "The definitive book about Depression culture for our time."-San Francisco Chronicle
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Reinterprets Stendhal's metaphor and tracks the different worlds of an array of twentieth-century writers ranging from realists to wildly inventive postwar writers. This book puts forward an argument that fiction yields rich insight into its subject, and that literature can also be a form of historical understanding.
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Author Biography - Morris Dickstein
Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
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