John A. McClure Late Imperial Romance

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This text uses historically-informed readings of major literary works to chart the hopes and fears of an America overtaken by Germany and Japan as the leading capitalist nations. Examining first the works of Joseph Conrad, chronicler of imperialism‘s contradictions, and then the post-war fictions of Joan Didion, Robert Stone, Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon, McClure shows how these writers create a critique of imperialism which is riddled with feelings of contamination and failed romantic heroes. Building on Fredric Jameson‘s theoretical work, Late Imperial Romance combines literary interpretation with cultural analysis.

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John McClure charts the course of decline, first in the works of Joseph Conrad, chronicler of high imperialism's contradictions, then in the post-war fictions of Joan Didion, Robert Stone and Thomas Pynchon. He maps the complex field of romantic ideology where one can at once excoriate imperialist adventures and yet savor their taste.

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John A. McClure is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of Kipling and Conrad: The Colonial Fiction and Late Imperial Romance.

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