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The Great American Novel: how and why?

13 March 2012

1 March 2012

Dr Kasia Boddy (UCL English Language & Literature)

Parodied almost as soon as it was announced, and generally regarded as a topic beneath the remit of serious literary criticism, the Great American Novel enterprise has proved more durable and more various than almost any other in American literary culture. It remains the bench-mark for literary ambition, prestige, and sales. This lecture, to mark World Book Day, considers some of the forms the Great American Novel has taken in its 150-year history and asks what social, political, moral, commercial and aesthetic needs it so persistently promises to serve.

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