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Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction

American Voices and American Identities

  • Authors
  • Mary Jane Hurst

Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

About this book

Introduction

Drawing on critical frameworks, this study establishes the centrality of language, gender, and community in the quest for identity in contemporary American fiction. Close readings of novels by Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Ann Beattie, John Updike, Chang-rae Lee, and Rudolfo Anaya, among others, show how individuals find their American identities.

Keywords

America fiction gender novel

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