Epochal anxieties and fixations: millennial angst in Paul Auster’s Leviathan (1992), Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club (1996), Bret Easton Ellis’s Glamorama (1998), and J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes (2000)

Bell, Dariius (2015) Epochal anxieties and fixations: millennial angst in Paul Auster’s Leviathan (1992), Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club (1996), Bret Easton Ellis’s Glamorama (1998), and J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes (2000). M.A. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

This study reads four contemporary novels as both responses to and engagements with the cultural climate of the late twentieth-century. Paul Auster’s Leviathan (1992), Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club (1996), Bret Easton Ellis’s Glamorama (1998), and J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes (2000) all gesture toward an interrogation of the value system of late-twentieth century life and an indictment of the cultural sphere. I employ the term ‘epochal anxiety’ to map the culturally specific phenomena that these novels internalise and reflect. Taking into account recent scholarly conversation on literature of the 1990s, this study will also consider the temporal significance of the texts in light of their proximity to the events of September 11.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR6050 1961-2000
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0360 Prose > PS0370 Prose fiction
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Hudson
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 12:18
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 07:18
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15575

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