Visionary Moment, The: A Postmodern Critique

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Modalities of the Visionary Moment
11
2 Validations of the Visionary Moment
31
3 Metaphysics of the Visionary Moment
47
4 The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo
73
5 Saul Bellows Transfigurable Subjects
85
6 Jack Kerouacs Rhetoric of Time
99
7 Ideology of the Visionary Moment
111
Conclusion
123
The Postmodern Sublime
125
Notes
129
Works Cited
147
Index
161
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About the author (2012)

Paul Maltby is Associate Professor of English at West Chester University. He is the author of Dissident Postmodernists: Barthelme, Coover, Pynchon.

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