Conversations with E.L. Doctorow

Conversations with E.L. Doctorow

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  • Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 9781578061440
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 228

Doctorow's novels imagine the great moments of American history - the Old West, the Depression - as backdrops for tales of moral pain and injustice. In these interviews, Doctorow explores the themes of his work.


A Study Guide for E. L. Doctorow's "World's Fair"

A Study Guide for E. L. Doctorow's

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  • Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1535845066
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 25

A Study Guide for E. L. Doctorow's "World's Fair", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Studentsfor all of your research needs.


Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

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  • Author: María Ferrández San Miguel
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 100003822X
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 210

This project approaches four of E. L. Doctorow’s novels—Welcome to Hard Times (1960), The Book of Daniel (1971), Ragtime (1975), and City of God (2000)—from the perspectives of feminist criticism and trauma theory. The study springs from the assumption that Doctorow’s literary project is eminently ethical and has an underlying social and political scope. This crops up through the novels’ overriding concern with injustice and their engagement with the representation of human suffering in a variety of forms. The book puts forward the claim that E.L. Doctorow’s literary project—through its representation of psychological trauma and its attitude towards gender—may be understood as a call to action against both each individual’s indifference and the wider social and political structures and ideologies that justify and/or facilitate the injustices and oppression to which those who are situated at the margins of contemporary US society are subjected.


E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow

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  • Author: Michael Wutz
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 1474458858
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 256

This book gathers a suite of newly commissioned, original essays on the work of E.L. Doctorow.


Failed Frontiersmen

Failed Frontiersmen

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  • Author: James J. Donahue
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • ISBN: 0813936845
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 232

In Failed Frontiersmen, James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a selection of twentieth-century American male fiction writers—E. L. Doctorow, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Gerald Vizenor, and Cormac McCarthy—he shows how they reevaluated the historical romance of frontier mythology in response to the social and political movements of the 1960s (particularly regarding the Vietnam War, civil rights, and the treatment of Native Americans). Although these writers focus on different moments in American history and different geographic locations, the author reveals their commonly held belief that the frontier mythology failed to deliver on its promises of cultural stability and political advancement, especially in the face of the multicultural crucible of the 1960s. Cultural Frames, Framing Culture American Literatures Initiative


E.L. Doctorow, Essays and Conversations

E.L. Doctorow, Essays and Conversations

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  • Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 216

Interviews with the distinguished American author, E.L. Doctorow, are accompanied by critical examinations of the themes of his novels


E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow

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  • Author: Paul Levine
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1000639193
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 94

During his lifetime E. L. Doctorow was a remarkable phenomenon among contemporary American novelists. He was a serious writer who was popular, a political writer who was a stylist, an original writer who was highly eclectic and an historical writer who invented the past. In this study, originally published in 1985, Paul Levine follows Doctorow’s progress as a novelist and traces the development of certain themes that recur in his work including the relationships between history and imagination, between high and popular culture and between political content and radical style. He also examines Doctorow’s notion of the writer as witness and actor and of writing as a subversive activity, two concerns which link him with important writers in Europe and Latin America. The book should provide a valuable and comprehensive coverage of his work to date, including the films of Ragtime and The Book of Daniel.


Intuition of an Infinite Obligation

Intuition of an Infinite Obligation

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  • Author: Catharine Walker Bergström
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783631587492
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 189

Based on a Ph.D. thesis (Narrative ethics and intuition of the infinite) -- University of Gothenburg, 2008.


American Postmodernist Fiction and the Past

American Postmodernist Fiction and the Past

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  • Author: T. Savvas
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230307787
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 213

Through a close-reading of the work of five prominent American postmodernist writers, this book re-evaluates the role of the past in recent American fiction, outlines the development of the postmodernist historical novel and considers the waning influence of postmodernism in contemporary American literature.


African American Servitude and Historical Imaginings

African American Servitude and Historical Imaginings

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  • Author: M. Jordan
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1403978328
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 284

In African-American Servitude and Historical Imaginings Margaret Jordan initiates a new way of looking at the African American presence in American literature. Twentieth-century retrospective fiction is the site for this compelling investigation about how African American servants and slaves have enormous utility as cultural artifacts, objects to be acted upon, agents in place, or agents provocateurs. Jordan argues that those who even those seemingly innocuous, infrequently visible, or silent servants are vehicles through which history, culture and social values and practices are cultivated and perpetuated, challenged and destabilized. Jordan demonstrates how African American servants and servitude are strategically deployed and engaged in ways which encourage a rethinking of the past. She examines the ideological underpinnings of retrospective fiction by writers who are clearly social theorists and philosophers. Jordan contends that they do not read or misread history, they imagine history as meditations on social realties and reconstruct the past as a way to confront the present.