He reckoned Hellman should give up her fiction and try drama — she was already summarising scripts for MGM — a job she disliked, but that gave her a wide insight into how to make a drama work.
Bring fact-checked results to the top of your browser search. Gore Vidal brought together his briskly readable essays of four decades—critical, personal, and political—in United States The iconoclastic literary criticism of Leslie Fiedleras, for example, Love and Death in the American Novelwas marked by its provocative application of Freudian ideas to American literature.
In his later work he turned to popular culture as a source of revealing social and psychological patterns.
But the cultural and political conflicts of the s revived the social approach among younger students of American literature, such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. One positive result of the accelerating complexity of post-World War II life was a body of distinguished journalism and social commentary.
The novelist Joan Didion published two collections of incisive social and literary commentary, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album The title essay of the first collection was an honest investigation of the forces that gave colour and significance to the counterculture of the s, a subject also explored with stylistic flourish by journalists as different as Tom Wolfe and Hunter S.
Pirsig equated the emotional collapse of his central character with the disintegration of American workmanship and cultural values. Didion, JoanJoan Didion, David Shankbone Theory The major New Critics and New York critics were followed by major but difficult academic critics, who preferred theory to close reading.
European structuralism found little echo in the United States, but poststructuralist theorists such as Michel FoucaultRoland Barthesand Jacques Derrida found a welcome in the less-political atmosphere, marked by skepticism and defeat, that followed the s. Four Yale professors joined Derrida to publish a group of essays, Deconstruction and Criticism Two of the contributors, Paul de Man and J.
Hillis Millerbecame leading exponents of deconstruction in the United States. The other two, Harold Bloom and Geoffrey H. Hartmanwere more interested in the problematic relation of poets to their predecessors and to their own language.
Bloom was especially concerned with the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson on modern American poets. The Invention of the Humanboth of which explored and defended the Western literary tradition. Other academic critics also took a more-political turn. His essays were collected in Reflections on Exile Meanwhile, a wide range of feminist critics, beginning with Kate MillettEllen Moers, Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar, and Elaine Showaltergave direction to new gender-based approaches to past and present writers.
Critics who came to be known as queer theorists, such as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickproduced innovative work on texts dealing with homosexualityboth overt and implicit.
All these methods yielded new dimensions of critical understanding, but in less-adept hands they became so riddled with jargon or so intensely political and ideological that they lost touch with the general reader, with common sense itself, and with any tradition of accessible criticism.
There was a revival of interest in literary journalism. Both older critics, such as Frank Lentricchia in The Edge of Night and Said in Out of Placeand younger critics, including Alice Kaplan in French Lessonsturned toward autobiography as a way of situating their own intellectual outlook and infusing personal expression into their work.I would have thought the Age of Legendary Tours was over, but how was I to know that one day Frisco would be blanketed in smoke from Mike Humbert’s smoldering house in Paradise?.
Per all the news sources, the air quality yesterday was the absolute worst on the planet, including India. American literature - Literary and social criticism: Until his death in , Edmund Wilson solidified his reputation as one of America’s most versatile and distinguished men of letters.
The novelist John Updike inherited Wilson’s chair at The New Yorker and turned out an extraordinary flow of critical reviews collected in volumes such as Hugging the Shore () and Odd Jobs (). Sep 11, · Essays and criticism on Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour - Critical Essays (Drama for Students).
Complete record of essays, reviews, and news articles about Hellman's work from to Horn, Barbara Lee. Lillian Hellman: A Research and Production Sourcebook.
Mary Therese McCarthy (June 21, – October 25, ) was an American novelist, critic and political activist. Essays and criticism on Lillian Hellman - Hellman, Lillian - (Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism).