Saul Bellow (Routledge Revivals)

By Malcolm Bradbury

© 2010 – Routledge

108 pages

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pub: 2010-08-16
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About the Book

This study of Saul Bellow, initially published in 1982, looks at this Nobel Prize-winning author as a leading figure in the development of contemporary fiction, one whose work has, however, been challenged by more experimental, ‘post-modern’ developments in the novel.

Bradbury draws attention to Bellow’s comedy, his sense of contemporary history and its stresses and anxieties, his attempt to sustain an adequate concept of the individual and the power of the imagination in an age of overwhelming concepts and notions of ‘death of the subject’. Above all, emphasis is placed on Bellow’s contemporaneity and significance, his role in the contemporary possibilities of the novel.

Table of Contents

1. Saul Bellow and the Contemporary Novel 2. The Forties Novels: Dangling Man and The Victim 3. The Fifties Novels: The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, and Henderson the Rain King 4. The Sixties Novels: Herzog and Mr Sammler’s Planet 5. The ‘it’ and the ‘we’: Humboldt’s Gift and The Dean’s December 6. ‘A Nightmare During Which I’m trying to get a Good Night’s Rest’: Conclusion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General