Postmodern Suburban Spaces

Philosophy, Ethics, and Community in Post-War American Fiction

Authors: George, Joseph

  • Offers fresh readings of postwar suburban fiction by examining it in the context of contemporary critical discourses of the ethical turn in critical theory and spatial studies
  • Brings together a wide range of canonical and lesser-known suburban fiction, including John Cheever, Chang-rae Lee, John Updike, Gloria Naylor, and Don DeLillo
  • Provides new perspectives on questions of identity formation and community by demonstrating their contingency and continual negotiation in suburban fiction 
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This book reevaluates fiction devoted to the postwar American suburb, examining the way these works imagine suburbia as a communal structure designed to advance a particular American identity. Postmodern Suburban Spaces surveys works by both canonical chroniclers of the middle class experience, such as Richard Yates and John Cheever, and those who reflect suburbia’s demographic reality, including Gloria Naylor and Chang-rae Lee, to uncover a surprising reconfiguration of the suburban experience.  Tracing major forms of suburban associations – racial divisions, property lines, the family, and ethnic fealty – these works depict a different mode of interaction than the stereotypical white picket fences. Joseph George draws from philosophers such as Emmanuel Levinas and Roberto Esposito to argue that these fictions assert a critical hospitality that frustrates the limited forms of association on which suburbia is based. This fiction, in turn, posits an ethical form of community that comes about when people share space together.


About the authors

Joseph George is a lecturer of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Nowhere to Now Here

    George, Joseph

    Pages 1-41

  • Chapter 1: Against Fence Thinking: Welcoming the Racial Enemy

    George, Joseph

    Pages 43-79

  • Chapter 2: My Home Is Your Home: Property, Propriety, and Neighbors

    George, Joseph

    Pages 81-119

  • Chapter 3: Domesticated Strangers: Fissures Within the Nuclear Family

    George, Joseph

    Pages 121-161

  • Chapter 4: Assimilation and Appropriation: Contest and Collaboration in Global Suburbia

    George, Joseph

    Pages 163-181

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41005-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postmodern Suburban Spaces
Book Subtitle
Philosophy, Ethics, and Community in Post-War American Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41006-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41006-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41005-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 206
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