New Essays on Rabbit Run
Still John Updike's most popular and critically acclaimed novel, Rabbit Run introduced the character of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one of those middle-class Americans who, in Updike's words, aren't 'especially beautiful or bright or urban' but about whom there is a lot worth saying. The fallible hero struggles with his own sexuality, his religious feelings, the difficulties of being a son and father, and with the changes in American society that seem to suffocate him. Updike's writing is charged with narrative energy and pictorial accuracy that illuminate the present moment; it evokes the tension between the drab compromises we are forced to make with age and the religious mystery that sustains us. Written by a distinguished group of international scholars, these essays examine both the technical mastery and thematic range that make Updike's work one of the most significant achievements in modern American fiction and one that continues to provoke fresh critical insight.
- Online resource
- 05 Jun 2012
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
"...a model reputation study that draws on Updike's own reports of compositional method and intent." Jerome Klinkowitz, American Literary Scholarship
Table of contents
Preface; 1. Introduction Stanley Trachtenberg; 2. The full range of Updike's prose Philip Stevick; 3. Restlessness in the 1950s: what made rabbit run? Sanford Pinsker; 4. The Americanness of Rabbit, Run: a transatlantic view Erik Kielland-Lund; 5. Unadorned woman, beauty's home image: Updike's Rabbit Run Stacey Olster; Notes; Bibliography.