After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s

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In this bold book, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers in New York. With refreshing clarity, he examines six 1990s novels and two post-9/11 novels that explore the impact of the end of the Cold War: Pynchon's Mason & Dixon, Roth's American Pastoral, Morrison's Paradise, O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, Didion's The Last Thing He Wanted, Eugenides's Middlesex, Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, and DeLillo's Underworld. Cohen emphasizes how these works reconnect the past to a present that is ironically keen on denying that connection. Exploring the ways ideas about paradise and pastoral, difference and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the stories Americans tell themselves about their nation’s past, After the End of History challenges us to reconsider these works in a new light, offering fresh, insightful readings of what are destined to be classic works of literature.

At the same time, Cohen enters into the theoretical discussion about postmodern historical understanding. Throwing his hat in the ring with force and style, he confronts not only Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist response to the fall of the Soviet Union but also the other literary and political “end of history” claims put forth by such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a straightforward, affecting style, After the End of History offers us a new vision for the capabilities and confines of contemporary fiction.

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Samuel Cohen, assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri, is editor of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and the forthcoming Literature: The Human Experience.

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"Cohen, who does not shy away from challenging the accredited theorists of the period, such as Fredric Jameson and Linda Hutcheon, makes a case for the contemporary historical novel's validity as a form fit for the uncertainties of the postmodern era" - Contemporary Literature 

"What emerges from [Cohen's] consistently impressive and often surprisingly fresh readings is an argument for a decade of fiction that engaged not only the ambiguous aftermath of the Cold War but also the ambiguous legacy of the fiction produced during it." - Twentieth-Century Literature

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