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The Resource The age of the crisis of man : thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973, Mark Greif

The age of the crisis of man : thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973, Mark Greif

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The age of the crisis of man : thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973
Title
The age of the crisis of man
Title remainder
thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973
Statement of responsibility
Mark Greif
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a midcentury American cultural episode forgotten today, intellectuals of all schools shared a belief that human nature was under threat. The immediate result was a glut of dense, abstract books on the 2nature of man.3 But the dawning 2age of the crisis of man,3 as Mark Greif calls it, was far more than a historical curiosity. In this ambitious intellectual and literary history, Greif recovers this lost line of thought to show how it influenced society, politics, and culture before, during, and long after World War II. During the 1930s and 1940s, fears of the barbarization of humanity energized New York intellectuals, Chicago protoconservatives, European Jewish émigrés, and native-born bohemians to seek 2re-enlightenment,3 a new philosophical account of human nature and history. After the war this effort diffused, leading to a rebirth of modern human rights and a new power for the literary arts. Critics{u2019} predictions of a 2death of the novel3 challenged writers to invest bloodless questions of human nature with flesh and detail. Hemingway, Faulkner, and Richard Wright wrote flawed novels of abstract man. Succeeding them, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Flannery O{u2019}Connor, and Thomas Pynchon constituted a new guard who tested philosophical questions against social realities{u2014}race, religious faith, and the rise of technology{u2014}that kept difference and diversity alive. By the 1960s, the idea of 2universal man3 gave way to moral antihumanism, as new sensibilities and social movements transformed what had come before. Greif{u2019}s reframing of a foundational debate takes us beyond old antagonisms into a new future, and gives a prehistory to the fractures of our own era. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
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Greif, Mark
Dewey number
813/.509
Index
index present
LC call number
PS379
LC item number
.G73 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • American fiction
Label
The age of the crisis of man : thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973, Mark Greif
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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: the "crisis of man" as obscurity and re-enlightenment -- Currents through the War -- The end of the War and after -- Transmission -- Criticism and the literary crisis of man -- Studies in fiction -- Saul Bellow and Ralph Ellison: man and history, the questions -- Ralph Ellison and Saul Bellow: history and man, the answers -- Flannery O'Connor and faith -- Thomas Pynchon and technology -- Transmutation -- The Sixties as big bang -- Universal philosophy and antihumanist theory -- Conclusion: moral history and the twentieth century
Control code
877364319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 434 pages
Isbn
9780691146393
Isbn Type
(h : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)877364319
Label
The age of the crisis of man : thought and fiction in America, 1933-1973, Mark Greif
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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: the "crisis of man" as obscurity and re-enlightenment -- Currents through the War -- The end of the War and after -- Transmission -- Criticism and the literary crisis of man -- Studies in fiction -- Saul Bellow and Ralph Ellison: man and history, the questions -- Ralph Ellison and Saul Bellow: history and man, the answers -- Flannery O'Connor and faith -- Thomas Pynchon and technology -- Transmutation -- The Sixties as big bang -- Universal philosophy and antihumanist theory -- Conclusion: moral history and the twentieth century
Control code
877364319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 434 pages
Isbn
9780691146393
Isbn Type
(h : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)877364319

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