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Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in an Age of Inflation
by Charles Newman
preface by Gerald Graff
Northwestern University Press, 1985
Cloth: 978-0-8101-0668-0 | Paper: 978-0-8101-0669-7
Library of Congress Classification PS379.N47 1985
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.5409

"Inflation affects literary occupations and preoccupations quite as much as it does financial scrip." Starting from this premise, Charles Newman ventures forth on an irreverent, wide-ranging discussion of the "Post-Modern" attitude in fiction, culture, and sensibility. Newman questions the "revolutionary" claims of avant-garde novelists and literary theorists, but he is no less critical of the arguments of neoconservatives, neorealists, and advocates of "moral fiction." Newman argues that neither of these groups has confronted the unprecedented break with tradition entailed by an economics and culture of inflation. A combination of cultural critique, literary criticism, economic forecast, and historical jeremiad, The Post-Modern Aura is finally a positive statement, celebrating "The Act of Fiction" and suggesting how the forces which have been devaluing it might be overcome.

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