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Record identifier : 567909
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Meyer, Michael G
Title and statement of responsibility : A postmodern reading of James Agee's "A Death in the Family [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2006
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : M.A.
Body granting the degree : , California State University, Dominguez Hills
Summary or Abstract : Theorists increasingly recognize that a significant transition has been underway in western philosophy and culture since about midway through the twentieth century. The postmodern worldview deeply influences all academic disciplines, including literature. Studies have not closely examined James Agee's seminal work, A Death in the Family , published in 1957, with the explicit purpose of determining whether it suggests a work of the modern or postmodern period. With philosophical and literary constructs developed by Brian McHale, Ihab Hassan, Jean-Franغ‍ois Lyotard, Frederic Jameson, Susan Sontag, and John Burkhard, this paper examines the presence of modern and postmodern traits in A Death in the Family . The thesis concludes that A Death in the Family represents a transitional work between modernism and postmodernism. Elements in it make of it a fundamentally modern novel, but postmodern characteristics so broadly infiltrate A Death in the Family , that it very nearly is an artifact of the postmodern..
Topical Name Used as Subject : American literature, Philosophy
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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