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Drawing on more than 30 novels by 19 writers, this book is both a survey of mid-20th century American fiction and a study of how these novels challenged the conventions of satire. It explores the iconoclastic energies of the new satires as a driving force in late- and post-modern novel writing.
Steven C. Weisenburger is Mossiker Chair in Humanities and chair of the English Department at Southern Methodist University. His books include Fables of Subversion: Satire and the American Novel, A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (both Georgia) and Modern Medea.