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Postmodern sublime : technology and american writing from Mailer to cyberpunk / Joseph Tabbi

Main Author Tabbi, Joseph, 1960- Country Estados Unidos. Publication Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1996 Description XII, 243 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-8014-8383-2 CDU 820(73)"19" 82.0
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Focusing on works by Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, Joseph McElroy, and Don DeLillo, Joseph Tabbi finds that a simultaneous attraction to and repulsion from technology has produced a powerful new mode of modern writing--the technological sublime.

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This sophisticated and often arcane study of four major contemporary novelists, with an epilogue entitled "Postmodern Mergers, Cyberpunk Fictions," deals in depth with selected works of Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, Joseph McElroy, and Don DeLillo and their responses to the growing power of modern technology. Treating such works by Mailer as his infrequently studied Of a Fire on the Moon (CH, Jun'71), his seminal and central An American Dream (CH, Jul'65), and his controversial Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967), Tabbi (Kansas State Univ.) presents new perceptions, some forcefully opinionated, about the complex relationship of this publicly visible author's literary persona to modern scientific phenomena. He then proceeds to the reclusive Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow, CH, Jun'73), McElroy (Plus, 1977), and DeLillo (Libra, CH, Dec'88), suggesting that these writers paradoxically "carry on both the romantic tradition of the sublime and the naturalist ambition of social and scientific realism ... in a postmodern culture." This work assumes knowledge of these difficult works and of postmodern literary theory and so will be of primary interest to graduate-level literary scholars and researchers. B. H. Leeds; Central Connecticut State University

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Joseph Tabbi is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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