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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel$
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Rachel Sykes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526108876

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001

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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel
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Rachel Sykes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.003.0007

This book has argued that ‘quiet’ is a literary aesthetic, used frequently in contemporary American fiction to privilege reflection and contemplation as a way of engaging with the present. Tracing a long history of quiet in Anglo-American literature and focusing more specifically on American works published since 2000, I have argued that the contemporary American novel is quiet when its narrative is focalised through the mind of a quiet character and set in a quiet location where the protagonist has the time and space to reflect on their present moment. In many ways, New York City is a fitting location in which to end this study. In ...

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