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- DescriptionFrom Herman Melville's claim that failure is the true test of greatness to Henry Adams's self-identification with the mortifying failure in [his] long education and William Faulkner's eagerness to be judged by his splendid failure to do the impossible, the rhetoric of failure has served as a master trope of modernist American literary expression. David Ball's magisterial study addresses the fundamental questions of language, meaning, and authority that run counter to well-rehearsed claims of American incence and positivity, beginning with the American Renaissance and extending into modernist and contemporary literature. The rhetoric of failure was used at various times to engage artistic ambition, the arrival of advanced capitalism, and a rapidly changing culture, t to mention sheer exhaustion. False Starts locates a lively narrative running through American literature that consequently queries assumptions about the development of modernism in the United States.
- Author BiographyDavid M. Ball is a visiting associate professor of English at Princeton University and an associate professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Author(s)David M. Ball
- PublisherNorthwestern University Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationEvanston
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorthwestern University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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