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The Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in an Age of Inflation

Newman, Charles; Gerald Graff, pref

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ISBN 10: 081010668X / ISBN 13: 9780810106680
Published by Northwestern University Press, Evanston, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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With two hand-written letters signed by the author loosely laid in. First edition, 1985. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 203 pp., Very Good in Very Good dust jacket, pencil-notes to some pages, some discoloration to the dust jacket, edgewear to the dust jacket including some tearing. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # s00021327

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Title: The Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in ...

Publisher: Northwestern University Press, Evanston

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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"Inflation affects literary occupations and preoccupations quite as much as it does financial scrip." Starting from this premise, Charles Newman ventures forth on an irreverent, wide-ranging discussion of the "Post-Modern" attitude in fiction, culture, and sensibility. Newman questions the "revolutionary" claims of avant-garde novelists and literary theorists, but he is no less critical of the arguments of neoconservatives, neorealists, and advocates of "moral fiction." Newman argues that neither of these groups has confronted the unprecedented break with tradition entailed by an economics and culture of inflation. A combination of cultural critique, literary criticism, economic forecast, and historical jeremiad, The Post-Modern Aura is finally a positive statement, celebrating "The Act of Fiction" and suggesting how the forces which have been devaluing it might be overcome.

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"The best thing I've read on the state of American culture in a long time." - Christopher Lasch

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