Visionary Moment, The: A Postmodern Critique
In The Visionary Moment, Paul Maltby draws on postmodern theory to examine the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment, or epiphany, in twentieth-century American fiction. Engaging critically with the works of Don DeLillo, Jack Kerouac, Saul Bellow, Flannery O Connor, Alice Walker, and William Faulkner, Maltby explains how the literary convention of the visionary moment promotes the myth that there is a superior level of knowledge that can redeem or regenerate the individual. He contends that this common-sense assumption is a paradigm that needs to be confronted and critiqued.
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1 Modalities of the Visionary Moment
2 Validations of the Visionary Moment
3 Metaphysics of the Visionary Moment
4 The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo
5 Saul Bellows Transfigurable Subjects
6 Jack Kerouacs Rhetoric of Time
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