9781623568252

Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists

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  • ISBN13:

    9781623568252

  • ISBN10:

    1623568250

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-02-27
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

In this new collection of interviews, some of America's most prominent novelists identify the key intellectual developments that led to the rise of the contemporary biographical novel, discuss the kind of historical 'truth' this novel communicates, indicate why this narrative form is superior to the traditional historical novel, and reflect on the ideas and characters central to their individual works.

These interviews do more than just define an innovative genre of contemporary fiction. They provide a precise way of understanding the complicated relationship and pregnant tensions between contextualized thinking and historical representation, interdisciplinary studies and 'truth' production, and fictional reality and factual constructions. By focusing on classical and contemporary debates regarding the nature of the historical novel, this volume charts the forces that gave birth to a new incarnation of this genre.

Author Biography

Michael Lackey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is the author of African American Atheists and Political Liberation: A Study of the Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Faith, which won the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title in 2007. He has published articles in numerous journals, including Callaloo, African American Review, Philosophy and Literature, Journal of the History of Ideas, and Modern Fiction Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Rise of the American Biographical Novel

Interviews

Jay Parini
Bruce Duffy
Lance Olsen
Anita Diamant
Rebecca Kanner
Julia Alvarez
Russell Banks
Michael Cunningham
Edmund White
Joanna Scott
Sherry Jones
M. Allen Cunningham

Bibliography
Index

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