New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut

New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut

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qThis collection offers a timely re-engagement with one of the most enigmatic, deceptive, and misunderstood of American authors ...Through a comprehensive interrogation of Vonnegut's early and late novels, his short stories, and his relationship to predecessors such as Hemingway and his 'post-9/11 heirs' such as Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and Ian McEwan, the contributing scholars establish beyond question the continuing relevance and necessity of reading Vonnegut.q - Will Kaufman, Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire and author of The Comedian as Confidence Man qWhether describing the uniquely warm personal relationship many literary critics shared with Vonnegut (Todd Davis), exploring the evolution of a feminist vision in his work (Susan E. Farrell), bringing fresh insights into the function of science fiction elements in his novels (Lorna Jowett), or detailing Vonnegut's ambiguous but important relationship to other writers such as Hemingway (Lawrence Broer), these one dozen essays offer convincing arguments that Vonnegut should, and will, remain a canonical American writer - at least until we humans manage to destroy the world.q - William Rodney Allen, author of Understanding Kurt Vonnegut qWith considerations of Vonnegut's exploded narrative structures, revelatory views on the importance of his feminine characters, explorations of both religious and apocalyptic themes, and measuring his novelty and subtexts against literary giants and his influence on new novelists, these essays speak to the essential questions Vonnegut establishes for a world rent asunder by man's inclinations to do evil in the name of goodness.q - Mark Leeds, editor of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia.Dresden is not the only connection between Mother Night and Slaughterhouse- Five. Howard W. Campbell, Jr., makes several appearances in Slaughterhouse- Five as a Nazi villain (our most complete sample of Campbella#39;s propagandaanbsp;...

Title:New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut
Author:David Simmons
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2009-09-29


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