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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933 – 1973' by Mark Greif – review

Brian Dillon at The Guardian.
"... Greif is a good reader of the tensions in works such as Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: novels where assumptions about universal human experience in the middle of the century run up more or less dramatically against race and religious or cultural identity. But the most intriguing of these chapters is on Flannery O’Connor, whose southern gothic was schooled, Greif shows, on certain staples of the crisis-of-man debate: the 'great books' programme at the University of Chicago, the new centrality of Catholic and Protestant theology in arguments about post-war civilisation."

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