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Author Maltby, Paul.

Title Dissident postmodernists : Barthelme, Coover, Pynchon / Paul Maltby
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1991]


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Description 215 pages ; 24 cm
Series Penn studies in contemporary American fiction
Penn studies in contemporary American fiction.
Contents 1. Constructions of Postmodernism -- 2. Language and Late Capitalism -- 3. Donald Barthelme -- 4. Robert Coover -- 5. Thomas Pynchon
Summary Among Maltby's models of dissident postmodernist writing are Gravity's Rainbow, The Public Burning, Snow White, and more recent publications like Vineland and Spanking the Maid. In a series of close and provocative readings, he examines the ways in which these works respond to the erosion of the public sphere, the elevation of functionalist discourse, the enlargement of the state propaganda network, the corporate management of mass communications, and the diffusion of concept-poor language forms which limit social understanding. Alert to such developments, Maltby argues, dissident postmodernists such as Barthelme, Coover, and Pynchon write with politicized perceptions of language and a heightened awareness of language as a medium of social integration. Dissident Postmodernists will be of particular interest to students and scholars of contemporary American fiction and the postmodernism debates
Critics who hold that postmodernist art is essentially non-adversarial and apolitical, Paul Maltby contends, have ignored the historical context of the postmodern focus on problems of language. In Dissident Postmodernists, Maltby examines a major current of postmodernist fiction that can be read as a dissident response to developments of late capitalism that have transformed the field of language and communications
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [199]-206) and index
Subject Barthelme, Donald -- Criticism and interpretation.
Coover, Robert -- Criticism and interpretation.
Pynchon, Thomas -- Criticism and interpretation.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Dissident art.
Dissident arts -- United States.
Dissident arts.
Experimental fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
LC no. 91025115
ISBN 0812230647 (alk. paper)