Rumors of Change: Essays of Five Decades

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These essays span five decades and mirror American culture in the postwar years. They represent Hassan's various topics, styles, critical methods, and social attitudes. From formalism in the forties to multiculturalism in the nineties, from existential engagements to postmodern dubieties, from Paul Bowles, Jean Stafford, and William Burroughs to Peter Matthiessen, Marge Piercey, and Christina Dodwell, the essays move with the momentum of history. But they move critically. In sympathy with their subjects, they challenge nonetheless the cant and pieties of their moment.

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Ihab Hassan, sometimes called the 'father of postmodernism', here recovers the major trends, themes, and debates that have animated the American literary and cultural scene for nearly 50 years. The essays also traces the development of the author as writer and critic, displaying his characteristic courage, independence, creativeness, and lucid and graceful style. This book is captive to no school or ideology; rather it serves as a capsule cultural history of the post-war period, witnessing shifts of literary taste and social concern.

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Ihab Hassan is Vilas Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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