The Visionary Moment: A Postmodern Critique

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SUNY Press, Apr 11, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 176 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
3
Modalities of the Visionary Moment
13
Validations of the Visionary Moment
33
Metaphysics of the Visionary Moment
49
The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo
75
Saul Bellows Transfigurable Subjects
87
Jack Kerouacs Rhetoric of Time
101
Ideology of the Visionary Moment
113
Conclusion
125
The Postmodern Sublime
127
Notes
131
Works Cited
149
Index
163
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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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