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The Resource American unexceptionalism : the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11, Kathy Knapp

American unexceptionalism : the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11, Kathy Knapp

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American unexceptionalism : the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11
Title
American unexceptionalism
Title remainder
the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11
Statement of responsibility
Kathy Knapp
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • American Unexceptionalism examines a constellation of post-9/11 novels that revolve around white middle-class male suburbanites, thus following a tradition established by writers such as John Updike and John Cheever. Focusing closely on recent works by Richard Ford, Chang-Rae Lee, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Anne Tyler, Gish Jen, A.M. Homes, and others, Kathy Knapp demonstrates that these authors revisit this well-trod turf and revive the familiar everyman character in order to reconsider and reshape American middle-class experience in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and their ongoing aftermath. The novels in question all take place in the sprawling terrain that stretches out beyond the Twin Towers-the postwar suburbs that since the end of World War II have served, like the Twin Towers themselves, as a powerful advertisement of dominance to people around the globe, by projecting an image of prosperity and family values. These suburban tales and their everyman protagonists grapple, however indirectly, with the implications of the apparent decline of the economic, geopolitical, and moral authority of the United States. In the context of perceived decay and diminishing influence, these novels actively counteract the narrative of American exceptionalism frequently peddled in the wake of 9/11. If suburban fiction has historically been faulted for its limited vision, this newest iteration has developed a depth of field that self-consciously folds the personal into the political, encompasses the have-nots along with the haves, and takes in the past when it imagines the future, all in order to forge a community of readers who are now accountable to the larger world. American Unexceptionalism traces the trajectory by which recent suburban fiction overturns the values of individualism, private property ownership, and competition that originally provided
  • Its foundation. In doing so, the novels examined here offer readers new and flexible ways to imagine being and belonging in a setting no longer characterized by stasis, but by flux
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N$T
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1960-
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Knapp, Kathy
Dewey number
813/.609
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.S82
LC item number
K63 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The New American Canon : the Iowa series in contemporary literature and culture
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  • American fiction
  • Suburban life in literature
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Authors, American
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Authors, American
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Suburban life in literature
Label
American unexceptionalism : the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11, Kathy Knapp
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The canonical everyman: Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe novels and the challenge to neoliberal suburbia. -- The assimilated everyman and the business of forgetting: postwar living memorials and the posttraumatic suburb in Chang-Rae Lee's aloft -- How to live: the case for failure in Jonathan Franzen's freedom -- Dead man walking: Philip Roth's engagement with the everyman tradition and the reimagination of middle-class identity -- That's what she said: the everyman in recent suburban fiction by Anne Tyler, Gish Jen, and A.M. Homes
Control code
881243901
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609382513
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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  • 1691222
  • 22573/ctt20p5qcz
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)881243901
Label
American unexceptionalism : the everyman and the suburban novel after 9/11, Kathy Knapp
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The canonical everyman: Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe novels and the challenge to neoliberal suburbia. -- The assimilated everyman and the business of forgetting: postwar living memorials and the posttraumatic suburb in Chang-Rae Lee's aloft -- How to live: the case for failure in Jonathan Franzen's freedom -- Dead man walking: Philip Roth's engagement with the everyman tradition and the reimagination of middle-class identity -- That's what she said: the everyman in recent suburban fiction by Anne Tyler, Gish Jen, and A.M. Homes
Control code
881243901
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609382513
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 1691222
  • 22573/ctt20p5qcz
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)881243901

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