Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern by Robert T. Tally

By Robert T. Tally


Show description

Read or Download Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography PDF

Similar postmodernism books

Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

In Japan, obsessive grownup lovers and creditors of manga and anime are referred to as otaku. whilst the underground otaku way of life first emerged within the Nineteen Seventies, members have been regarded down on inside mainstream jap society as unusual, delinquent loners. at the present time otaku have had a big impact on pop culture not just in Japan but in addition all through Asia, Europe, and the U.S..

Gender and Discourse (Sage Studies in Discourse)

The individuals to this assortment provide an important creation to the ways that feminist linguistics and demanding discourse research have contributed to our knowing of gender and intercourse. by means of interpreting how those views were utilized to those ideas, the participants offer either a evaluation of the literature, in addition to a chance to persist with the newest debates during this zone.

Tense and Aspects in Discourse

Tendencies IN LINGUISTICS is a chain of books that open new views in our figuring out of language. The sequence publishes state of the art paintings on center parts of linguistics throughout theoretical frameworks in addition to reviews that supply new insights via development bridges to neighbouring fields comparable to neuroscience and cognitive technology.

Extra resources for Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography

Sample text

In Slaughterhouse-Five this lurching is accomplished through quick breaks, jumping from place to place. But the novel also maintains a modernist sensibility, as the various pieces of the puzzle fit into place, making the picture whole by the end of the novel. Vonnegut’s sequel would be more schizophrenic still. Breakfast of Champions is, among other things, about schizophrenia. The tale’s protagonist, Dwayne Hoover, is in the midst of a schizophrenic episode, a mental breakdown that will, by the novel’s end, manifest itself in a horrifically violent rampage.

Even at his most utopian, in such works as God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater or Slapstick, Vonnegut ultimately views all political paths to be dead ends, which has led some to dismiss his effectiveness as a social critic. Vonnegut’s antipolitics is not really a quietism or an escapism, however. In some measure his political views could simply be written off as a form of pessimism, since Vonnegut appears to long for a political solution that he does not believe can actually happen. But it is both more profound and more dangerous than this: Vonnegut does not just doubt that the polity will do the right thing; rather, he believes that the wrong thing will inevitably happen, that it cannot be otherwise.

The best example of the genre is Cat’s Cradle, which may also be Vonnegut’s best novel. Here the iconography is elaborated with all of the 16 Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel skill of a literary artist mixed with the methodological rigor of an anthropologist . . 26 It is the study of a new kind of community, one which has different social and spiritual rules. Cat’s Cradle’s connection to Moby-Dick has already been noted, but it is worth remembering that Melville’s Ishmael goes to sea, at least in part, to prevent his own suicide; at sea he finds a community made up of “isolatoes,” individuals without a home but with a common purpose that holds them together.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.25 of 5 – based on 13 votes