Failed Frontiersmen: White Men and Myth in the Post-Sixties American Historical Romance

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Februar 2015



In "Failed Frontiersmen, " James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a selection of twentieth-century American male fiction writers--E. L. Doctorow, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Gerald Vizenor, and Cormac McCarthy--he shows how they reevaluated the historical romance of frontier mythology in response to the social and political movements of the 1960s (particularly regarding the Vietnam War, civil rights, and the treatment of Native Americans). Although these writers focus on different moments in American history and different geographic locations, the author reveals their commonly held belief that the frontier mythology failed to deliver on its promises of cultural stability and political advancement, especially in the face of the multicultural crucible of the 1960s.Cultural Frames, Framing CultureAmerican Literatures Initiative


James J. Donahue, coeditor with Derek C. Maus of "Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights, " is Associate Professor of English and Communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
EAN: 9780813936826
ISBN: 0813936829
Untertitel: 'Cultural Frames, Framing Cultu'. Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2015
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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