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Author Arlett, Robert, 1943-

Title Epic voices : inner and global impulse in the contemporary American and British novel / Robert Arlett
Published Selinsgrove [Pa.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, [1996]


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Description 192 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Two Rivers of the Modern Novel -- 2. Real People: Character and Author in The Golden Notebook -- 3. A Physician Half-Blind: Implosion and Public Address in Why Are We In Vietnam? -- 4. Hard Times for Innocence: Utilitarianism and Sensibility in Gravity's Rainbow -- 5. In Penelope's Arms: From Lyric to Epic in Daniel Martin -- 6. The Epic and Beyond
Summary Epic Voices is an assessment of the major achievement of contemporary American and British fiction: what author Robert Arlett terms the contemporary epic novel. The path of the modern novel has been marked by a dialectic of seemingly rival impulses: while certain novelists have sought to deal with wide-scale social and political dimensions of modern existence, others have concerned themselves primarily with interior sensibility. This book examines a group of novels - written on both sides of the North Atlantic within a period covering approximately the early 1960s through the mid-1970s - that confront the simultaneous inner and outer impulses of contemporary experience with textures reflecting the interactive relationships of those impulses and that exhibit experimentation in form as they cut back and forth in perspectives, perhaps reaching for fusion of normally distinct narrative voices
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-188) and index
Subject Fowles, John, 1926-2005. Daniel Martin
Lessing, Doris, 1919-2013. Golden notebook
Mailer, Norman. Why are we in Vietnam?
Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity's rainbow
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Epic literature -- History and criticism.
World history in literature.
LC no. 95049127
ISBN 0945636814 (alk. paper)