American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction

The Works of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo

Authors: Halldorson, S.

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This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors, spurious academics, cult followers, terrorists, celebrities, photographers and writers of novels who all attempt to claim the right to be "hero."

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Stephanie S. Halldorson is an independent scholar. 

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"Aiming to change how we think about the cult of the individual - that is, about what the hero, the anti-hero, and the heroic can mean in the United States of our day - Halldorson is not afraid to tackle big topics (and they don t come much bigger than this). This intellectually daring study combines astute historical contextualizing and canny theoretical re-conceptualizing with brilliant close readings of texts by two major American novelists." - Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto

"This book presentsa serious, substantive discussiononBellow and DeLillo and the subject of heroes. Halldorsonoffersperhaps the strongest and most provocative reading of DeLillo s Mao II that I ve encountered. Her assertions that the hero is always and only built upon a fictional narrative, and that the hero depends on the existence of the non-hero, even though there s no place for the non-hero in America, areintriguing andconvincingly supported." - Curtis Yehnert, Western Oregon University

"Halldorson s original and innovative construction of a heroics of reading is a valuable contribution to the dramatic revival of the ethical turn in literary and theoretical inquiry. Halldorson is also a masterful reader of community and identity in DeLillo and Bellow, one who is richly attuned to their complex narrative investments." - Thomas Carmichael, University of Western Ontario


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Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction
Book Subtitle
The Works of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60978-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230609785
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8388-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53938-3
Series ISSN
2634-579X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 223
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