Folding time: history, subjectivity, and intimacy in Vonnegut

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Abstract

Kurt Vonnegut's darkly comic work became a symbol for the counterculture of a generation. From his debut novel, Player Piano (1951) through seminal 1960's novels such as Cat's Cradle (1963) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) up to the recent success of A Man Without A Country (2005), Vonnegut's writing has remained commercially popular, offering a satirical yet optimistic outlook on modern life. Though many fellow writers admired Vonnegut - Gore Vidal famously suggesting that "Kurt was never dull" - the academic establishment has tended to retain a degree of scepticism concerning the validity of his work. This dynamic collection aims to re-evaluate Vonnegut's position as an integral part of the American post-war cannon of literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Pages133-146
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)9780230616271
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Publication series

NameAmerican literature readings in the twenty-first century

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    Jowett, L., & Simmons, D. (Ed.) (2009). Folding time: history, subjectivity, and intimacy in Vonnegut. In New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut (pp. 133-146). (American literature readings in the twenty-first century). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.. https://www.bookdepository.com/New-Critical-Essays-on-Kurt-Vonnegut-D-Simmons/9780230616271