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Loss and Decline in the Novels of Anne Tyler: The "Slipping-Down" Life
Adams, Susan S.


This study of Anne Tyler’s sixteen novels engages in the debate over whether her literary reputation is a lasting one and whether her view of contemporary American society is ultimately a conservative or liberal one. This work suggests that her novels will continue to be read not just because they are so well written, but because they offer readers an alternative view of American life.


“ ... Tyler’s characters are perpetually ‘slipping down’ economically, socially, and even physically, but they grow in confidence, happiness and sometimes joy. Tyler’s insights into what makes a meaningful life, Dr. Adams persuades readers, should secure her place in the literary cannon ...” – Professor Caren Town, Georgia Southern University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Growing through Family Loss
3. Rising through Economic Decline
4. Embracing Cultural Change
5. Leaning into the Reality of Life
6. Countering the Status Quo

ISBN10:  0-7734-5788-7   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-5788-1    Pages:  236    Year:  2006   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas:  American - Literature, Women's Studies,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $159.95 UK List Price: £109.95  

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