History and the Contemporary Novel (A Chicago Classic)

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780809314799: History and the Contemporary Novel (A Chicago Classic)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Cowart presents a study of international historical fiction since World War II, with reflections on the affinities between historical and fictional narrative, analysis of the basic modes of historical fiction, and readings of a number of historical novels, including John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor, Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian, Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel, William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.

He proposes recognizing four modes of the historical novel: the past as a "distant mirror" of the present, fictions whose authors seek to pinpoint the precise historical moment when the modern age or some prominent feature of it came into existence, fictions whose authors aspire purely or largely to historical verisimilitude, and fictions whose authors reverse history to contemplate utopia and dystopia in the future. Thus, historical fiction can be organized under the rubrics: The Distant Mirror; The Turning Point; The Way It Was; and The Way It Will Be.

This fourfold schema and his focus on postwar novels set Cowart’s work apart from previous studies, which have not devoted adequate space to the contemporary historical novel. Cowart argues that postwar historical fiction merits more extensive treatment because it is the product of an age unique in the annals of history an age in which history itself may end.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

David Cowart is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he received the Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award in 1987.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Professor David Cowart B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
Published by Southern Illinois University Press (1989)
ISBN 10: 0809314797 ISBN 13: 9780809314799
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0809314797

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Professor David Cowart B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
ISBN 10: 0809314797 ISBN 13: 9780809314799
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0809314797

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 120.83
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds