By Matthew Wilkens
Socially, politically, and artistically, the Nineteen Fifties make up a strange interlude among the 1st half the 20th century—still tied to the issues and orders of the Victorian period and Gilded Age—and the pervasive alterations of the later sixties. In Revolution, Matthew Wilkens argues that postwar fiction capabilities as a desirable version of progressive switch. Uniting literary feedback, cultural research, political concept, and technology experiences, Revolution reimagines the years after international struggle II as straight away unique from the many years surrounding them and a part of a larger-scale sequence of infrequent, progressive moments stretching throughout centuries.
Focusing at the extraordinary mixture of allegory, encyclopedism, and failure that characterizes fifties fiction, Wilkens examines a number of literature written in the course of comparable occasions of concern, within the strategy attractive theoretical views from Walter Benjamin and Fredric Jameson to Bruno Latour and Alain Badiou along readings of significant novels through Ralph Ellison, William Gaddis, Doris Lessing, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, and others.
Revolution hyperlinks the forces that formed postwar fiction to the dynamics of innovative occasions in different eras and social domain names. Like physicists on the flip of the 20 th century or the French peasantry of 1789, midcentury writers faced an international that didn't healthy their present types. Pressed to evolve yet missing any visible substitute, their paintings grew to become sprawling and figurative, amassing unrelated info and reusing older varieties to ambiguous new ends. whereas the imperatives of the postmodern ultimately gave order to this chaos, Wilkens explains that an identical forces are back at paintings in today’s fracturing literary market.
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