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Between Heaven and Earth: Saul Bellow and the Dialectics of World Literature

Saul Noam Zaritt

in Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198863717
eISBN:
9780191896101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863717.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Saul Bellow’s use of Jewish vernacularity within his world-writing project. Focusing on the 1960s and ’70s, the height of his fame, the chapter analyzes how Bellow embeds his ... More


“Eternal Things”: Saul Bellow, the Infinite Longings of the Soul, and the Shortcomings of Logical Positivism

Michael LeMahieu

in Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199890408
eISBN:
9780199369652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890408.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Saul Bellow’s explicit engagement with logical positivism in the short story “Zetland: By a Character Witness” – Bellow’s unfinished tribute to his childhood friend, intellectual companion, and ... More


Bellow’s Private Language

Michael Lemahieu

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein revolutionized twentieth-century philosophy of language; with The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow created a new novelistic style. LeMahieu ... More


Saul Bellow’s Class of Explaining Creatures: Mr. Sammler’s Planet and the Rise of Neoconservatism

Stephen Schryer

in Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157575
eISBN:
9780231527477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reviews Saul Bellow's novel, Mr. Sammler's Planet, examining particularly the protagonist's sociological perspective: social reality is determined by ideas and values disseminated by ... More


“Every Guy Has His Own Africa”: Development and Anthropology in Saul Bellow and Bessie Head

Tim Watson

in Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190852672
eISBN:
9780190852702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190852672.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter analyzes the writer Saul Bellow as an anthropological novelist, focusing on his African novel, Henderson the Rain King. Bellow incorporates ethnographic source material, including some ... More


Saul Bellow and the Antinomies of Democratic Experience

Simon During

in Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242542
eISBN:
9780823242580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reads Saul Bellow as Tocqueville's heir, as offering descriptions of American life that attempt to combine an affirmation of “nobility” and heroism with an affirmation, even a love, of ... More


Reading like a Bureaucrat

Merve Emre

in Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226473833
eISBN:
9780226474021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226474021.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Not all institutions of communication are enduring successes. What can we learn from the failure to streamline reading and writing practices within a state bureaucracy? This chapter concerns William ... More


Romanticism after Auschwitz: Blake and Bellow

Linda Freedman

in William Blake and the Myth of America: From the Abolitionists to the Counterculture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198813279
eISBN:
9780191851261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813279.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Saul Bellow’s interest in Blake provides a counterpoint to Blake’s standing in psychedelic counterculture. Bellow despised what he perceived to be the thoughtless sham Romanticism of contemporary ... More


Language, Literature and the Arts

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0020
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter looks at essays written between 1981 and 1993 and examines the range of topics presented in them—the fiction of David Fogel, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Hebrew prose in America, a ... More


Introduction: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Amanda Golden

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Anne Sexton continues to fascinate readers. Her career is in need of a reassessment that considers the wide range of materials in her archive, her influence on contemporary poetry, and directions for ... More


Mr. Sammler’s Redemption

Steven B. Smith

in Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300198393
eISBN:
9780300220988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198393.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet views the world of modernity through the lenses of a Holocaust survivor living in New York’s upper west side. He has seen the destruction of one civilization. Are ... More


Advocates for Zion: Sinatra, Steinbeck, Baldwin, and Bellow (1957–1967)

Shalom Goldman

in Starstruck in the Promised Land: How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781469652412
eISBN:
9781469652436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652412.003.0005
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter details the release of the Leon Uris novel Exodus and subsequent film adaptation as well as the less celebrated Frank Sinatra vehicle The House That I Live In. The pages also recount the ... More


Existentialism in America: Inequality, Political Action, and the Twilight of New Deal Reform

Benjamin Mangrum

in Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190909376
eISBN:
9780190909406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909376.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the transformation of postwar liberalism by identifying the development of an American idiom within the existential thought that became influential after the Second World War. I ... More


Wittgenstein and Modernism

Michael LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book offers the first collection to address the rich, vexed, and often contradictory relationship between modernism—the twentieth century’s predominant cultural and artistic movement—and ... More


Mergers and Acquisitions: Business Fiction and the Theory of Liberal Management

Benjamin Mangrum

in Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190909376
eISBN:
9780190909406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909376.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines changes in American business culture through shifts in postwar management theory, on the one hand, and fiction about corporate life by Sloan Wilson and Saul Bellow, on the ... More


From the Thirties to the Rise of Neoconservatism: Interview with Stephen Lewis {1983}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1983 interview with Stephen Lewis, a Canadian social democrat, for a CBC radio program that took place when Howe was in Toronto. Howe talks about his life and ... More


Declaration of Independence

Ira Nadel

in Philip Roth: A Counterlife

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199846108
eISBN:
9780197514450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199846108.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Roth’s struggles with his father, his decision to go to college at Bucknell University after a year at Rutgers Newark, and his early girlfriends; the influence of his early ... More


Critical Suspension

Paul Haacke

in The Vertical Imagination and the Crisis of Transatlantic Modernism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198851448
eISBN:
9780191886034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851448.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This final chapter brings the historical argument to a close by examining forms of immanent critique in post-World War II American novels attempting to grapple with the geopolitics of the so-called ... More


Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

Tim Watson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190852672
eISBN:
9780190852702
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190852672.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Focusing on the 1950s and early 1960s, Culture Writing argues that the period of decolonization in Britain, the United States, France, and the Caribbean was characterized by dynamic exchanges between ... More


Woody’s Mild Jewish Rose: Broadway Danny Rose

Peter J. Bailey

in The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167190
eISBN:
9780813167862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167190.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The thesis here is that the interior plot of Broadway Danny Rose, which depicts the theatrical manager’s experience with client Lou Canova and his ex-girlfriend, Tina Vitali, takes the form of a myth ... More


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