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(P/B) KURT VONNEGUT΄S CRUSADE OR HOW A POSTMODERN HARLEQUIN

(P/B) KURT VONNEGUT'S CRUSADE

OR, HOW A POSTMODERN HARLEQUIN PREACHED A NEW KIND OF HUMANISM

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DAVIS F. TODD
Κωδ. Πολιτείας: 3794-0037

Παρουσίαση

"I've worried some about why write books when presidents and senators and generals do not read them, and the university experience taught me a very good reason: you catch people before they become generals and senators and presidents, and you poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a better world." - Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's desire to save the planet from environmental and military destruction, to enact change by telling stories that both critique and embrace humanity, sets him apart from many of the postmodern authors who rose to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. This new look at Vonnegut's oeuvre examines his insistence that writing is an "act of good citizenship or an attempt, at any rate, to be a good citizen." By exploring the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut's work, Todd F. Davis demonstrates that, over the course of his long career, Vonnegut has created a new kind of humanism that not only bridges the modern and postmodern, but also offers hope for the power and possibilities of story. Davis highlights the ways Vonnegut deconstructs and demystifies the "grand narratives" of American culture while offering provisional narratives - petites histoires - that may serve as tools for daily living. (From the publisher)

"In this thoughtful treatment of the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Davis posits the view that this prolific and significant novelist is something of an anomaly: a postmodern humanist. Davis begins with a lengthy and sophisticated discussion of how postmodernism ... seems to preclude humanism as a viable vision ... and shows that the novelist remains committed to trying to show human beings how to be more decent." - CHOICE

"Davis's book is an engaging examination of the issue at the heart of all Vonnegut's fiction - Vonnegut's humanism. With acumen and grace, Davis exposes Vonnegut's ongoing relevance to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and illustrates how Vonnegut manages to retain his status as one of the most important figureheads in postmodern literature while remaining socially conscious and humane. Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade should be mandatory reading for all students, fans, and scholars of Vonnegut's canon." - Kevin Alexander Boon, editor of At Millennium's End: New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut

"Kurt Vonnegut has been studied (and argued about) for nearly forty years, but no one had thought to examine his readership until now. Todd Davis's book not only resolves ethical problems, but also clarifies Vonnegut's unique appeal - which, thank goodness, is to what's best in all of us." - Jerome Klinkowitz, author of The Vonnegut Effect

Περιεχόμενα

Acknowledgments
1. Postmodern (Midwestern) Morality: The Act of Affirming Humanity in a Screwed-up World
2. Searching for Answers in the Early Novels: Or, What Are We Here for Anyway?
3. Apocalyptic Grumbling: Postmodern Righteousness in the Late Novels
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Λεπτομέρειες
ISBN139780791466766
ΕκδότηςSTATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS (SUNY)
ΣειράSUNY SERIES IN POSTMODERN CULTURE
Χρονολογία ΈκδοσηςΙανουάριος 2008
Αριθμός σελίδων166
Συγγραφέας/Δημιουργός (Ελληνικά)ΝΤΕΙΒΙΣ Φ. ΤΟΝΤ
Κωδικός Πολιτείας3794-0037
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