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Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut

Robert T. Tally Jr.

Published May 19th 2014
ISBN : 9781299311497
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329 pages
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Edited by Robert T. Tally Jr., an assistant professor of English at Texas State University and vice president of The Kurt Vonnegut Society, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the popularMoreEdited by Robert T. Tally Jr., an assistant professor of English at Texas State University and vice president of The Kurt Vonnegut Society, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the popular late-twentieth-century American novelist. For readers who are studying Vonnegut for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of his life and four essays survey the critical reception of his work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate Vonnegut among his contemporaries, and review key themes in his work. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other original essays that explore a bevy of topics, such as major thematic trajectories in Vonneguts work, the significance of metafiction in Vonneguts works, Vonneguts relationship with conventional Christianity, and Vonneguts use of generic conventions. Works discussed include Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Hocus Pocus, Cats Cradle, and The Sirens of Titan. Among the contributors are Adam T. Bogar, Charles J. Shields, Donald Morse, Peter Freese, Lara Narcisi, and Shiela Pardee.