Individual Author Record
Robert Ward wrote a book about celebrated Illinois author Nelson Algren - an Illinois subject of interest.
Biographical and Professional Information
Ward works at the School of Humanities, University of Cumbria in Lancaster, United Kingdom.
Nelson Algren: A Collection of Critical Essays, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2006
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Nelson Algren: A Collection of Critical Essays
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr. 2007
This collection of eleven essays on Algren's major work offers a diverse and lively range of theoretical and historical readings. These include discussions of Algren's place in Chicago's left-wing literary tradition, the aesthetic of American and European naturalism, and his reaction to, and reception in, the Cold War milieu of the 1940s and 1950s. Consideration is also given to the ways in which paperback cover designs shaped the reception of Algren's novels as pulp fiction. Algren's works are further illuminated by the theories of Walter Benjamin, and those associated with confinement, autobiography, post-colonialism, and the cultural politics of American carnival. The volume is supplemented by a piece that traces the birth and growth of the Algren archive at Ohio State University. Robert Ward lectures in American Literature at St. Martin's College, Lancaster.