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The Fruited Plain free pdf The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? In this volume Alvin Kernan sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the 21st century. The experiences of today's Joads are as hilarious as they are discomfiting: they encounter in Kernan's America a world of democracy gone haywire and social institutions in perplexing disarray. In ten satiric episodes, Kernan visits virtually every important American institution - the family, education, religion, art, the military, law courts, sex, science and medicine, politics, and not least television and its advertisements. Unsparing with his barbs, he reveals both the fools and the knaves of American society. Kernan's modern-day Joads find themselves in a distorted world where a surplus of democracy not only fails to free its inhabitants but also makes them vulnerable to the machinations of greedy and unscrupulous exploiters.

About Alvin B. Kernan

Alvin Kernan is Avalon University Professor of Humanities, emeritus, Princeton University. Among his other books are In Plato's Cave (0 300 08267 3, pb. [pound]10.95), Shakespeare, the King's Playwright (0 300 07258 9, pb. [pound]11.95*), and The Death of Literature (0 300 05238 3, pb. [pound]10.95).

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Author : Alvin B. Kernan
Publisher : Yale University Press
Data Published : 08 May 2002
ISBN : 0300092903
EAN : 9780300092905
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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