The myth of progress in the works of John Nichols Hedberg, Steven
dc.contributor.department English 2018-08-25T02:02:55.000 2020-06-30T08:20:03Z 2020-06-30T08:20:03Z Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 1980 2013-03-05 1980
dc.description.abstract <p>Since I've chosen a very contemporary and relatively unexamined author as the subject of my thesis, I'd like to make a few comments here about why I think Nichols' work deserves attention. One of my minor reasons is what I've just stated--Nichols is a very contemporary, relatively unexamined author. Much of the criticism in current literary journals suggests that with a few exceptions--notably Updike, Cheever, and Bellow--American literature declined significantly after the late 1940s; these journals further suggest that many writers who are currently producing fiction are merely popular writers. I don't necessarily disagree with the standard conception of "modern" American literature's Holy Trinity (Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway), nor do I wish to wrestle with the question of what characteristics condemn a writer's works to the realm of mere popularity; I suggest only that one writer who is writing about important issues of concern at this very moment should get some attention before his case is assigned to the overcrowded, slow-moving court of posterity. It's not very comforting to think that thirty or forty years from now someone living in Taos, by then a suburb of Albuquerque with a population of one or two million, may come across Nichols' work and say, "You know, he's got something there."</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines American Literature
dc.subject.disciplines Literature in English, North America
dc.title The myth of progress in the works of John Nichols
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