The Critical Response to John Irving

The Critical Response to John Irving

by Todd F. Davis, Kenneth Womack


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The scholarly response to John Irving's novels has impinged upon a wide range of contemporary subjects of interest, from postmodernism and ethics to gender studies, the family, and historical criticism. This volume draws on a series of contemporaneous reviews and scholarly essays to provide the reader with an in-depth look at Irving's work.

This book devotes particular attention to the critical reception of Irving's ten novels from Setting Free the Bears through The Fourth Hand. The work is divided into eleven sections that address each of Irving's novels and the publication of his memoirs. Each section is accompanied by book reviews that reveal the nature of the novels' critical reception, as well as by scholarly essays that provide readers with an exemplary interpretation of each of Irving's works. Fully indexed, The Critical Response to John Irving includes an expansive introduction, a biographical chronology, and a bibliography for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313319969
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2004
Series: Critical Responses in Arts and Letters , #42
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

TODD F. DAVIS is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State, Altoona.

KENNETH WOMACK is Associate Professor of English and Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State, Altoona.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse




Setting Free the Bears

The Water-Method Man

The 158-Pound Marriage

The World According to Garp

The Hotel New Hampshire

The Cider House Rules

A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Son of the Circus

A Widow for One Year

The Fourth Hand




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