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Pluralist Desires: Contemporary Historical Fiction and the End of the Cold War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Camden House
Publication date December 1, 2015
Pages 182
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781571139528
ISBN-10 1571139524
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 0.94 lbs.
Original list price $85.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Pluralist Desires, Philipp Löffler explores the contemporary historical novel in conjunction with three cultural shifts that have crucially affected political and intellectual life in the United States during the 1990s and 2000s: the end of the Cold War, the decline of postmodernism, and the re-emergence of cultural pluralism. Contemporary historical fiction -- from Don DeLillo's Underworld and Philip Roth's American trilogy to Richard Powers's Plowing the Dark and Toni Morrison's A Mercy -- relates and authorizes these developments by imagining the writing of history as a powerful form of world-making. Rather than asking whether history can ever be true, contemporary historical fiction investigates the uses of history for our individual lives. How can we use history to make our individual lives meaningful and worthy in the face of an unknown future?
Pluralist Desires approaches these issues by excavating the origins of 19th-century pluralism and its revival in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, revealing how major American novelists have appropriated the genre of the historical novel in the pursuit of selfhood rather than truth. Löffler complements standard accounts of the end of history with a selection of careful close readings that fundamentally reposition the form and the function of the historical novel in contemporary American culture.

Philipp Löffler is Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Saving Private Ryan, the End of the Cold War, and the Value of Historical Experience
The Uses of History: From Nineteenth-Century Historicism to Twenty-First-Century Pluralism
"No Longer and Not Yet": Don DeLillo and the Aftermath of the Cold War
After Race: Body Language and Historiography in Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy
"A Singular Act of Invention": Storytelling, Pluralism, and Philip Roth's American Trilogy
Lukcsian Aesthetics, Self-Creation, and Richard Powers's Plowing the Dark
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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from Camden House (December 1, 2015)
9781571139528 | details & prices | 182 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.94 lbs | List price $85.00
About: In Pluralist Desires, Philipp Löffler explores the contemporary historical novel in conjunction with three cultural shifts that have crucially affected political and intellectual life in the United States during the 1990s and 2000s: the end of the Cold War, the decline of postmodernism, and the re-emergence of cultural pluralism.
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