The politics of male friendship in contemporary American fiction

By Michael Kalisch

The politics of male friendship in contemporary American fiction


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5635-8
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Contemporary Literature, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Twentieth Century Literature, Literature, Literary studies: from c 2000, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
  • Series: Contemporary American and Canadian Writers


How might our friendships shape our politics? This book examines how contemporary American fiction has rediscovered the concept of civic friendship and revived a long tradition of imagining male friendship as interlinked with the promises and paradoxes of democracy in the United States. Bringing into dialogue the work of a wide range of authors - including Philip Roth, Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Dinaw Mengestu, and Teju Cole - this innovative study advances a compelling new account of the political and intellectual fabric of the American novel today.


1 'The Love Alternative': Philip Roth's I Married a Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000)
2 The Gift of Friendship: Paul Auster's Fiction and Film
3 Broken Utopias: Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue (2012) and Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude (2003)
4 The Borders of Friendship: Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) and Teju Cole's Open City (2011)


Michael Kalisch is a Departmental Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Oxford

The politics of male friendship in contemporary American fiction

By Michael Kalisch

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