Beyond Suspicion

9780812230598: Hardback
Release Date: 29th January 1996

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 344

Series Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Beyond Suspicion

New American Fiction Since 1960

Written by
Marc Chenetier
Translated by
Elizabeth A. Houlding

In his book Beyond Suspicion: New American Fiction since 1960, Marc Chénetier analyzes the developments in recent American fiction, arguing that traditional generic approaches can be misleading.

Hardback / £60.00

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996

Marc Chenetier is Professor of American Literature at the University of Paris VII-Denis Diderot/Institut Universitaire de France. He has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, University of East Anglia, and elsewhere.

"Covers everything from Salinger, Nabokov, Kerouac, and Burroughs to the first hints of cyberpunkishness and textual appropriation that have come to characterize the 1990s. . . . The true brilliance of Beyond Suspicion . . . is Chenetier's ability to keep all of this era's critics seated at the table in genuine dialogue. . . . His insights are rarely exclusionary, yet his consensus-building never rests on compromise."—American Book Review

"From Abish (Walter) to Zukovsky (Louis), Chenetier has read everything, and one can only admire the sovereign ease with which he has assimilated the enormous corpus and brings it into perspective for the reader. . . . Learned, lucid, and often witty, packed with sharp insights and provocative comments, continuously enlightening, [Beyond Suspicion] . . . should be read by everyone interested in the turbulent fictions of today."—Modern Fiction Studies, in a review of the French edition.

"Witty, intelligent, and provocative. . . . Beyond Suspicion is certainly one of the best works on contemporary American fiction. . . . It is unique in the sheer breadth and comprehensiveness of its coverage, the wide-ranging inclusiveness of its appreciations, and the generosity of its enthusiasms. Chenetier's book is indispensable reading for anyone at all interested in American fiction of the past thirty years."—Tony Tanner, King's College, Cambridge