Uneasy Alliance: Twentieth-century American Literature, Culture and Biography

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Hans Bak
Rodopi, Jan 1, 2004 - American literature - 367 pages
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"Uneasy Alliance "illuminates the recent search in literary studies for a new interface between textual and contextual readings. Written in tribute to G.A.M. Janssens, the twenty-one essays in the volume exemplify a renewed awareness of the paradoxical nature of literary texts both as works of literary art and as documents embedded in and functioning within a writer s life and culture. Together they offer fresh and often interdisciplinary perspectives on twentieth-century American writers of more or less established status (Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.E. Cummings, Vladimir Nabokov, Flannery O Connor, Saul Bellow, Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisneros) as well as on those who, for reasons of fashion, politics, ideology, or gender, have been unduly neglected (Booth Tarkington, Julia Peterkin, Robert Coates, Martha Gellhorn, Isabella Gardner, Karl Shapiro, the young Jewish-American writers, Julia Alvarez, and writers of popular crime and detective fiction). Exploring the fruitful interactions and uneasy alliance between literature and ethics, film, biography, gender studies, popular culture, avant-garde art, urban studies, anthropology and multicultural studies, together these essays testify to the ongoing pertinence of an approach to literature that is undogmatic, sensitive and sophisticated and that seeks to do justice to the complex interweavings of literature, culture and biography in twentieth-century American writing."
  

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Contents

Preface
9
Marian Janssen
11
Peter Rietbergen
31
Gonny van Beekvan Overbeek
59
Edward Margolies
101
Richard S Kennedy
143
Susan Castillo
173
Isabella Gardner and Poetry
199
Rene Verwaaijen
229
Jan Bakker
243
Ashley
269
Hans Bak
285
Mary A McCay
305
Loes Nas
323
Hans Bertens
345
Notes on Contributors
363

Jaap van der Bent
215

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