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Fictions of authority : women writers and narrative voice / Susan Sniader Lanser

Main Author Lanser, Susan Sniader Country Estados Unidos. Publication Ithaca : Cornell University Press, cop. 1992 Description X, 287 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-8014-9921-6 CDU 82.0
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Berube shows how the reception of two postwar American writers illuminates--and calls into question--the functions of "marginality" and "centrality" and the role of literary critics in cultural transmission. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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With an unorthodox, but ultimately quite interesting, linking of the literary reputations of Thomas Pynchon and Melvin Tolson, a poet of the Harlem Renaissance, B^D'erub^D'e undertakes as well a study of how canonization works or does not work in our age of institutional criticism. At issue also is what B^D'erub^D'e calls ^D["the rhetoric of cultural marginality,^D]" and he examines the larger question of the ways in which a writer's work and career are met with approbation or neglect depending upon forces and circumstances that are oftentimes almost impossible to define. The reception history of Tolson's poetry was certainly shaped by the cultural neglect afforded virtually every black American at the time, but also it seems that Tolson was immediately marginalized by the unfair and untrue assumption that he was simply a black writer imitating reigning and established poets like T.S. Eliot and Allen Tate. Pynchon's critical fate has been completely the opposite, and his work has been lionized on American university campuses, but paradoxically, says B^D'erub^D'e, Pynchon is respected by academic critics because his work resists academic study. This is a useful and thought-provoking study. Graduate students and faculty.

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