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Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in an Age of Inflation
by Charles Newman
preface by Gerald Graff
Northwestern University Press, 1985
Cloth: 978-0-8101-0668-0 | Paper: 978-0-8101-0669-7
Library of Congress Classification PS379.N47 1985
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.5409

The Post-Modern Aura is Charles Newman's classic and incendiary polemic about the "Post-Modern" attitude in fiction, culture, and sensibility. In it, he challenges the "revolutionary" claims of avant-garde novelists and literary theorists as well as the arguments of neoconservatives, neorealists, and advocates of "moral fiction." Newman argues that neither of these groups confront the unprecedented break with tradition entailed by an economics and culture of inflation. A combination of cultural critique, literary criticism, economic forecast, and historical jeremiad, The Post-Modern Aura is finally a positive statement, celebrating "The Act of Fiction" and suggesting how the forces which have been devaluing it might be overcome.

In the twenty-first century as an interest in Marxist thought again coincides with the specter of financial inflation, The Post-Modern Aura is timely again. 


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