In this celebration of contemporary American fiction, Kathryn Hume explores how estrangement from America has shaped the fiction of a literary generation, which she calls the Generation of the Lost Dream.
Aggressive Fictions, Reading the Contemporary American Novel
In breaking down the divisions among standard categories of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender, Hume identifies shared core concerns, values, and techniques among se In this celebration of contemporary American fiction, Kathryn Hume explores how estrangement from America has shaped the fiction of a literary generation, which she calls the Generation of the Lost Dream. In breaking down the divisions among standard categories of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender, Hume identifies shared core concerns, values, and techniques among seemingly disparate and unconnected writers including T.
Hume explores fictional treatments of the slippage in the immigrant experience between America's promise and its reality. She exposes the political link between contemporary stories of lost innocence and liberalism's inadequacies.
13 Contemporary Novels All Feminists Should Read
She also invites us to look at the literary challenge to scientific materialism in various searches for a spiritual dimension in life. The expansive future promised by the American Dream has been replaced, Hume finds, by a sense of tarnished morality and a melancholy loss of faith in America's exceptionalism. American Dream, American Nightmare examines the differing critiques of America embedded in nearly a hundred novels and points to the source for recovery that appeals to many of the authors. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 16th by University of Illinois Press first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
- This Is Another Day.
- 13 Contemporary Novels All Feminists Should Read;
- These Beautiful Brown Eyes: Or The Chronicles of a Blackwoman Who Thinks Shes Got It Going On.
- The Best New Women's Fiction of - 23 Books by Women for Women.
To ask other readers questions about American Dream, American Nightmare , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about American Dream, American Nightmare. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Mar 29, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: literary-criticism.
Kathryn Hume's study of more than one hundred novels published since explores fiction expressing the theme of disillusionment with America and the American Dream. This book is a must-read for people serious about the contemporary American novel. Her topic is genuinely interesting, her analyses always perspicacious. Compelling and original, this book will be warmly welcomed by scholars-and by that larger community of readers passionate about contemporary fiction.
She helps us to understand why we read the kind of books that do not bring us the casual rewards of easy pleasure.
Aggressive Fictions is a vital book. These works challenge the reader's morality or her sense of the good, true, and beautiful; they cause a strong, often negative bodily, emotional, or intellectual response; they rock our world with disgusting content or challenging narrative strategies. Hume 'brings out' these works and offers incisive discussions of how they might be read in a productive manner.
Hume creates an exhilarating treatment for those interested in understanding the shifts in authorial motivation and content.
- Join Kobo & start eReading today.
- Also of interest;
- Religion and Politics in the IDF!
- The New Testament.
She argues that subverting traditional plots and patterns, along with character development, creates a dissonance worthy of extended examination. Highly recommended. Fictionists who have been almost forgotten by scholars, such as Robert Coover, are given new life by comparisons with current favorites such as Chuck Palahniuk and Katherine Dunn.
She is the author of several books, including and.
See a Problem?
Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X.
Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. Follow us.
Related Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel
Copyright 2019 - All Right Reserved