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American Modern(ist) Epic: Novels to Refound a Nation

Adam Nemmers

Abstract

American Modern(ist) Epic argues that during the 1920s and ‘30s a cadre of minority novelists revitalized the classic epic form in an effort to recast the United States according to modern, diverse, and pluralistic grounds. Rather than adhere to the reification of static culture (as did ancient verse epic), in their prose epics Gertrude Stein and John Dos Passos utilized recursion, bricolage, and polyphony to represent the multifarious immediacy and movement of the modern world. Meanwhile, H. T. Tsiang and Richard Wright created absurd and insipid anti-heroes for their epics, contesting the he ... More

Keywords: MODERNISM, EPIC, U. S. LITERATURE, AMERICAN IDEOLOGY, NOVELS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781949979664
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979664.001.0001

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Adam Nemmers, author
Lamar University

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