Hints and Guesses: William Gaddis and the Longing for an Enlarged Culture Christopher J. Knight

ISBN: 9780299153045

Published: December 15th 1997

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320 pages


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Hints and Guesses: William Gaddis and the Longing for an Enlarged Culture  by  Christopher J. Knight

Hints and Guesses: William Gaddis and the Longing for an Enlarged Culture by Christopher J. Knight
December 15th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780299153045 | 7.13 Mb

The author of four truly important novels - The Recognitions in 1955, J R in 1975, Carpenters Gothic in 1985, and A Frolic of His Own in 1995 - William Gaddis is considered by many literary scholars to be one of the outstanding novelists of theMoreThe author of four truly important novels - The Recognitions in 1955, J R in 1975, Carpenters Gothic in 1985, and A Frolic of His Own in 1995 - William Gaddis is considered by many literary scholars to be one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth century, to be spoken of in the same breath as James Joyce, Robert Musil, and Thomas Pynchon.

Hints & Guesses: William Gaddiss Fiction of Longing is the first scholarly work to discuss all four Gaddis novels. While not dismissing the inclination of many scholars to view Gaddiss fiction as postmodern, Christopher Knight moves critical response in another direction, toward a discussion of Gaddiss significance as a satirist and social critic. Knight investigates Gaddiss predominant thematic interests, including those of contemporary aesthetics, Flemish painting, forgery, corporate America, Third World politics, and the U.S.

legal system. What Knight finds is an author not only acutely sensitive to post-war social realities but also one whose critique carries with it an implied utopian dimension.



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