The New American Novel of Manners: The Fiction of Richard Yates, Dan Wakefield, and Thomas McGuane

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In the 1960s, as the underpinnings of society weakened, the traditional novel form seemed less suited to describe American reality. Theorists groped towards non-mimetic fiction as the tools that had sustained the novel since its birth?coherent characterization, linear plot, symbolism?became tools of New Journalism. The New American Novel of Manners explores the virtual reinvention of the novel of manners in America out of the same subjectivity that charged the works of New Journalism.

In place of the rigid social structures that never seemed to depict America, novelists such as Richard Yates, Dan Wakefield, and Thomas McGuane located America’s modern-day manners in its semiotics, in the system of signs that envelops us?the blue jeans people wear, the fast food they eat, the décor of the bars they drink in and the rock-and-roll lyrics that play through memories. The new generation of mannerists describe lifestyles that are determined by words and images, by actions that are dictated by what has been read and seen, and patterns of behavior in which life is edited and fictionalized. Klinkowitz reveals a fiction that is once again capable of reflecting the way people live.

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Jerome Klinkowitz is University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author or editor of many books on postwar culture and literature, among them, "Structuring the Void: The Struggle for Subject in Contemporary American Fiction," "Slaughterhouse-Five: Reforming the Novel and the World," and "The Practice of Fiction in America: Writers from Hawthorne to the Present."

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Acknowledging the difficulty of producing an American novel of manners, Klinkowitz asserts, not altogether convincingly, that from contemporary experimental fiction a new kind of novel of manners has emerged. Influenced by semiotics, these novels treat details of social behavior as a complex system of signs, producing narratives "as metafictional as the most self-consciously artificial experiments of Robert Coover and William H. Gass, yet as credible as the determinedly illusionary fiction of the more traditional realists." Yates, Wakefield, and McGuane, from different generations and different regions, are seen as a cross-section of contemporary America. For academic libraries. Albert E. Wilhelm, English Dept., Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville
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