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American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

The Ulysses Delusion

Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit

Authors: Konchar Farr, Cecilia

  • Gives importance to the reader’s perspective not just scholars or critics
  • Examines the relationship between popular culture and literary studies
  • Maps the history of the US novel and US literary culture
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About this book

Popular fiction follows literature professors wherever they go. At coffee shops or out for drinks, after faculty meetings or classes, even at family reunions – they are persistently pressed to talk about bestselling novels. Questions immediately follow: What do I mean when I say a book is "good"? Why do contemporary novels like these, conversations like these, matter to professors of literature? Shouldn't they be spending their time re-reading The Great Gatsby? The Ulysses Delusion confronts these questions and answers their call for more engaged conversations about books. Through topics like the Oprah's Book Club, Harry Potter, and Chick Lit, Cecilia Konchar Farr explores the lively, democratic, and gendered history of novels in the US as a context for understanding how avid readers and literary professionals have come to assess them so differently.

About the authors

Cecilia Konchar Farr is Professor of English at St. Catherine University, USA.

Reviews

"The Ulysses Delusion is an engaging discussion of the contemporary literary marketplace and the tastemakers who have framed discussions of literary quality and served as the gatekeepers to popular success in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. Konchar Farr's unapologetic championing of the accessible is both ideologically resonant with her thesis and admirable—she has truly produced a popular literary criticism that is both rigorous and readable." - Amy L. Blair, Associate Professor of English at Marquette University, USA and author of Reading Up: Middle-Class Readers and the Culture of Success in the Early Twentieth-Century United States

"The Ulysses Delusion is an engaging discussion of the contemporary literary marketplace and the tastemakers who have framed discussions of literary quality and served as the gatekeepers to popular success in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. Konchar Farr's unapologetic championing of the accessible is both ideologically resonant with her thesis and admirable—she has truly produced a popular literary criticism that is both rigorous and readable." - Amy L. Blair, Associate Professor of English at Marquette University, USA and author of Reading Up: Middle-Class Readers and the Culture of Success in the Early Twentieth-Century United States

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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55362-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ulysses Delusion
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54277-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137542779
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55362-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-71647-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 199
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