The Cambridge Companion to John Updike
John Updike is one of the most prolific and important American authors of the contemporary period, with an acclaimed body of work that spans half a century and is inspired by everything from American exceptionalism to American popular culture. This Companion joins together a distinguished international team of contributors to address both the major themes in Updike's writing as well as the sources of controversy that Updike's writing has often provoked. It traces the ways in which historical and cultural changes in the second half of the twentieth century have shaped not just Updike's reassessment of America's heritage, but his reassessment of the literary devices by which that legacy is best portrayed. With a chronology and bibliography of Updike's published writings, this is the only guide students and scholars of Updike will need to understand this extraordinary writer.
- Online resource | 176 pages
- 28 Aug 2006
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction: 'A sort of helplessly 50's guy' Stacey Olster; Part I. Early Influences and Recurrent Concerns: 1. Updike, middles, and the spell of 'subjective geography' D. Quentin Miller; 2. 'Nakedness' or realism in Updike's early short stories Kristiaan Versluys; 3. Updike, religion, and the novel of moral debate Marshall Boswell; Part II. Controversy and Difference: 4. Updike, women, and mythologized sexuality Kathleen Verduin; 5. Updike, race, and the postcolonial project Jay Prosser; 6. Updike, ethnicity, and Jewish-American drag Sanford Pinsker; Part III. American Chronicles: 7. Updike, American history, and historical methodology Edward Vargo; 8. Updike, Hawthorne, and American literary history James Plath; 9. Updike, film, and American popular culture James A. Schiff; 10. John Updike, Rabbit Angstrom, and the myth of American exceptionalism Donald J. Greiner; Conclusion: U(pdike) & P(ostmodernism) John N. Duvall; Select bibliography.
About Stacey Olster
Stacey Olster is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.