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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Rachel Sykes


What does it mean to describe a novel as ‘quiet’? The quiet contemporary American novel defines the term as an aesthetic of narrative that is driven by reflective principles. While, at first appearance, ‘quiet’ seems a contradictory description of any literary form, because it risks suggesting that the novelist has nothing to say, this book argues that the quiet of the novel is better conceived as a mode of conversation that occurs at a reduced volume than as the failure to speak. The quiet contemporary American novel then makes two critical interventions. First, it maps the neglected history ... More

Keywords: Quiet, Quietism, Contemporary American fiction, The American novel, Post-9/11 fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526108876
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Sykes, author
University of Birmingham