The American Novel After Ideology, 1961-2000 (Paperback)

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The American Novel After Ideology, 1961-2000 (Paperback)


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Claims of ideology's end are, on the one hand, performative denials of ideology's inability to end; while, on the other hand, paradoxically, they also reiterate an idea that 'ending' is simply what all ideologies eventually do. Situating her work around the intersecting publications of Daniel Bell's The End of Ideology (1960) and J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey(1961), Laurie Rodrigues argues that American novels express this paradox through nuanced applications of non-realist strategies, distorting realism in manners similar to ideology's distortions of reality, history, and belief.

Reflecting the astonishing cultural variety of this period, The American Novel After Ideology, 1961 - 2000 examines Franny and Zooey, Carlene Hatcher Polite's The Flagellants(1967), Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead (1991), and Philip Roth's The Human Stain (2001) alongside the various discussions around ideology with which they intersect. Each novel's plotless narratives, dissolving subjectivities, and cultural codes organize the texts' peculiar relations to the post-ideological age, suggesting an aesthetic return of the repressed.
Laurie A. Rodrigues holds a PhD from the University of Rhode Island. Her research and teaching is focused in 20th- and 21st-century Multiethnic American literatures, cultures, and critical theory.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501371417
ISBN-10: 150137141X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: June 30th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English