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In Defense of Dialogue

Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature, 1st Edition

By Monika Gehlawat

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238 pages

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In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature offers a timely investigation of the value of dialogue in contemporary American culture. Using Jürgen Habermas’s theory of communicative action to read the work of Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Grace Paley, and Andy Warhol, In Defense of Dialogue assembles postwar writers who have never been studied alongside one another, showing how they overcame the pervading skepticism of their contemporaries to imagine sincere and rational speakers who seek to cultivate intersubjective discourse.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Bother? Literature and Communicative Action

Chapter Two: Love, "Lucky Pierre Style," in Frank O’Hara

Chapter Three: James Baldwin’s Pursuit of Potentiality

Chapter Four: "Ourselves, Our Single Self": Talk as World in Grace Paley

Chapter Five: Andy Warhol’s Philosophy as Dialogue (From A to B and Back Again)

Conclusion: Walk the Talk

About the Author

Monika Gehlawat is Associate Director of the School of Humanities and Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi where she teaches courses on contemporary, modern and world literature, critical theory, and visual art. She has published essays in Post 45: Peer-Reviewed, The James Baldwin Review, Contemporary Literature, and Literary Imagination. She also serves as Critic for the Center for Writers at USM and Series Editor for Literary Conversations.

 

 

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Routledge Research in American Literature and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
PHI034000
PHILOSOPHY / Social