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Love and Death in the American Novel By Leslie A. Fiedler Charles B. Harris,

  • Title: Love and Death in the American Novel
  • Author: Leslie A. Fiedler Charles B. Harris
  • ISBN: 9781564781635
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A retrospective article on Leslie Fiedler in the New York Times Book Review in 1965 referred to Love and Death in the American Novel as one of the great, essential books on the American imagination an accepted major work This groundbreaking work views in depth both American literature and character from the time of the American Revolution to the present From it,A retrospective article on Leslie Fiedler in the New York Times Book Review in 1965 referred to Love and Death in the American Novel as one of the great, essential books on the American imagination an accepted major work This groundbreaking work views in depth both American literature and character from the time of the American Revolution to the present From it, there emerges Fiedler s once scandalous now increasingly accepted judgment that our literature is incapable of dealing with adult sexuality and is pathologically obsessed with death.
    Love and Death in the American Novel A retrospective article on Leslie Fiedler in the New York Times Book Review in referred to Love and Death in the American Novel as one of the great essential books on the American imagination an

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    1. Fiedler s nuts, but in a good way brilliant riffs, particularly insightful on Twain, Melville, Hawthorne and pretty good on Fitzgerald, though he s dealt with in passing Some of the other stuff is scattershot, but that s on purpose his central themes, while generally accepted I think they re accepted now were groundbreaking at the time His segment at the end on science fiction, followign a dissection of proletarian fiction is offhand but totally on the money He is the critic that Harold Bloom w [...]

    2. This book offers an answer into that eternally mind boggling question can literary theory ever be fun The premise of this book is immensely entertaining because it appeals to our visceral interest, intellectual or otherwise, in Freudian slips In very simple terms, all American novels worthy of Harold Bloom s canonisation are rooted in homosocial and, at times, homoerotic, environment and the only feasible fate for rare female characters is shame and inevitably tragic death Fiedler really takes t [...]

    3. At first I was put off by Fiedler s overblown, didactic voice, but then I found him a bit entertaining and wondered if he was fully serious with his tone His constant categorizations of high brow, middlebrow, and lowbrow he even uses low middle brow a few times came across as elitist until I realized he was fully willing and able to consider the low brow stuff as an honest part of his criticsm His thesis, that American literature has difficulty dealing honestly with human sexual activity and is [...]

    4. Thought provoking and worth reading, especially as I am currently planning some rereads of Hawthorne and Faulkner I think his conclusions or tone can be a reach at times, though, which admittedly helps add to the interest of the book on occasion I mean, I read good bits wishing I could argue with him about Faulkner, as my take on Faulkner s women, among various issues, is somewhat different.This is also interesting simply as an illustration of changing tastes in literature A lot of the contempor [...]

    5. Fiedler splains it all for you, which is basically that most of the great American stories are about boys running away from the world of civilizing women It s pitiful in some ways, but offers hope for the future Let the great American story grow up

    6. For Fiedler, American literature is the recurring story of men fleeing female dominated, civilized society for the frontier Of course it s complicated than that The men usually flee in pairs The pair is usually a white man and a man of color There is a homoerotic undercurrent Come back to the raft ag in, Huck honey Edgy when it came out in 1960, Fiedler s exhaustive 600 page examination of American literature seems a bit dated now, although no less ambitious.In 1893, the historian Frederick Jac [...]

    7. His main argument is that the American novel, which he defines in by time and genre, differs from its European counterparts in that American writers are seemingly obsessed with topics such as death, female purity, incest and homosexuality Fielder sets up some interesting comparisons between, for example Hawthorne and Flaubert, and includes a great deal of primary text analysis I would have appreciated thoughtful gender analysis e.g gender norms of the forming American culture and how they shape [...]

    8. One of those books that, as an English major in college I always heard bandied about, but like most English majors never got around to reading Finally, twenty years later, I did It s easy to understand why Love and Death is the cornerstone for some much American Literary Criticism I could hear Fiedler s critical voice echoing through the other critics critical reading I ve done over the years It truly is an essential book, and one that reminded me in no uncertain terms that being an active reade [...]

    9. Still a terrifically compelling study of a lot of books, even if he has a few huge blind spots and takes too many opportunities to be contemptuous of women s writing And there s something wrong about adducing James Baldwin s writing as evidence that we are still compelled to fantasize about our darker brother He s not darker for Jimmy, Leslie.

    10. An absolute must read for all students of American literature Fiedler s incites into the development of a truly American genre are critical for understanding the place of American literature in the history of world lit Every professor of American literature I ever had was heavily inflenced by Fielder s ideas.

    11. Fascinating survey of lots of early American writing, and an equally fascinating artifact of American criticism in the 1970s it s peculiar, for example, to hear Fiedler talk so much about Herman Wouk and Gore Vidal, neither of whom get talked about so much any.

    12. Wonderful expose of the grand themes of American literature and how they express the pathologies of American society Covers the very beginnings in the 16th century up to mid 20th century Invaluable for understNfing the American classics.

    13. remarkable makes me want to reread a lot of things the commentary on Marxism, Queer and African American roles in literature were of particular interest to me truly enlightening

    14. So in depth I understood about half of it I ll try again when I m 40.Even if you re well read, good luck.

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