Presenting the first interdisciplinary consideration of his political thought, Updike and Politics: New Considerations establishes a new scholarly foundation for assessing one of the most recognized and significant American writers of the post-1945 period. This book brings together a diverse group of American and international scholars, including contributors from Japan, India, Israel, and Europe. Like Updike himself, the collection canvases a wide range of topics, including Updike’s too often overlooked poetry and his single play. Its essays deal with not only political themes such as the traditional aspects of power, rights, equality, justice, or violence but also the more divisive elements in Updike’s work like race, gender, imperialism, hegemony, and technology. Ultimately, the book reveals how Updike’s immense body of work illuminates the central political questions and problems that troubled American culture during the second half of the twentieth century as well as the opening decade of the new millennium.
Lexington Books; June 2019
- ISBN: 9781498575614
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- Title: Updike and Politics
Series: Politics, Literature, & Film
- Author: Matthew Shipe (ed.); Scott Dill (ed.); Marshall Boswell (contrib.); Kirk Curnutt (contrib.); Scott Dill (contrib.); Biljana Dojcinovic (contrib.); Michial Farmer (contrib.); Ethan Fishman (contrib.); Yoav Fromer (contrib.); Louis Gordon (contrib.); Jo Gill (contrib.); Sylvie Mathé (contrib.); Takashi Nakatani (contrib.); Judith Newman (contrib.); James Schiff (contrib.); Pradipta Sengupta (contrib.); Matthew Shipe (contrib.); Aleksandra Vukotic (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
This collection of essays adds depth to our understanding of Updike as a political writer. The book is especially valuable to scholars of late-twentieth and early twenty-first century literature for its investigations of intersections between the personal and the political. It exposes Updike's nuanced perspectives on institutions such as the American presidency, and it provides thought-provoking explorations of politically charged and transformative American experiences including the War in Vietnam, the Cold War, and the attacks of September 11, 2001.
About The Author
Matthew Shipe is senior lecturer and the director of Advanced Writing in the English department at Washington University, Missouri.
Scott Dill is lecturer of English at Case Western Reserve University.