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The Resource John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion, Marshall Boswell

John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion, Marshall Boswell

Label
John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion
Title
John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy
Title remainder
mastered irony in motion
Statement of responsibility
Marshall Boswell
Title variation
Rabbit tetralogy
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Early in his career, John Updike announced his affinity with the Christian existentialism of Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, and others. Because of this, many of Updike's critics have interpreted his work from within a Christian existentialist context. Yet Kierkegaard and Barth provide Updike with much more than a mere context, for their dialectical thinking serves as the springboard for Updike's own unique dialectical vision, a complex matrix of ethical precepts, theological beliefs, and aesthetic principles that governs nearly all of his literary output. Nowhere else in his immense corpus is this vision more clearly and thoroughly expressed that in his four Rabbit novels, which were gathered into the single volume Rabbit Angstrom in 1995. However, because Updike's critics have chosen to read the Rabbit novels as discrete, freestanding texts, they have by and large failed to extract the precepts of this private vision." "In John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy, Marshall Boswell redresses this imbalance by treating the Rabbit tetralogy as a single, unified "mega-novel." He demonstrates that, taken together as a single work, the four discrete sections of the tetralogy not only provide a coherent and complete articulation of Updike's unique existential vision but also compose a unified work of remarkable formal complexity. Boswell brings to Updike's work the concept of "mastered irony," a term coined by Kierkegaard to describe the presentation of two legitimate but contradictory sides of an issue. In the Rabbit novels, these issues range from adultery to drug addiction, from race to redemption, with each issue examined through the refracting lens of Updike's own ironic method. Boswell shows that although each of the four individual Rabbit novels confirms this dialectical strategy in a unique way, the completed tetralogy comprises an additional series of dialectical pairs that sustain, rather than resolve, thematic and formal tension. Ultimately, the structure of the finished "mega-novel" echoes the work's thematic rationale." "To help readers who are interested in a particular Rabbit novel. Boswell devotes a chapter to each individual section of the tetralogy. At the same time, he treats each novel as an integral part of the more comprehensive whole."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
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Boswell, Marshall
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3571.P4
LC item number
Z56 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Angstrom, Harry (Fictitious character)
  • Irony in literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John
  • Américains dans la littérature
  • Angstrom, Harry (Personnage fictif)
  • Ironie dans la littérature
  • Rabbit, run (Updike)
  • Rabbit redux (Updike)
  • Rabbit is rich (Updike)
  • Rabbit at rest (Updike)
  • Angstrom, Harry (Fictitious character)
  • Irony
  • Literature
  • National characteristics, American
Label
John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion, Marshall Boswell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction. Rabbit Rebound Mastered Irony and the Mega-Novel
  • Rabbit, Run: Kierkegaard, Updike, and the Zigzag of Angst
  • Rabbit Redux: The Doorway into Utter Confusion
  • Rabbit Is Rich: More Stately Mansions
  • Rabbit at Rest: Repetition and Recapitulation
  • Conclusion: Inside America
Control code
45066177
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780826213105
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00046684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion, Marshall Boswell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction. Rabbit Rebound Mastered Irony and the Mega-Novel
  • Rabbit, Run: Kierkegaard, Updike, and the Zigzag of Angst
  • Rabbit Redux: The Doorway into Utter Confusion
  • Rabbit Is Rich: More Stately Mansions
  • Rabbit at Rest: Repetition and Recapitulation
  • Conclusion: Inside America
Control code
45066177
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780826213105
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00046684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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