Barbara Kingsolver's World: Nature, Art, and the Twenty-First Century by Linda Wagner-MartinBarbara Kingsolver's World: Nature, Art, and the Twenty-First Century by Linda Wagner-Martin

Barbara Kingsolver's World: Nature, Art, and the Twenty-First Century

byLinda Wagner-Martin

Paperback | May 8, 2014

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Since Barbara Kingsolver published The Bean Trees in 1988, her work has been of great interest to readers-first, American readers; then British and South African readers; and finally to readers the world over. With incredible speed, Kingsolver became one of the best-known United States writers, a person who collected honors and awards as if she were a much more mature literary producer. From the beginning Kingsolver touched an elbow of keen interest in her readers: hers was the voice of world awareness, a conscientious voice that demanded attention for the narratives of the disadvantaged, the politically troubled, the humanly silenced. By paying special attention to her non-fiction (essays and books), this new study by renowned literary critic Linda Wagner-Martin highlights the way Kingsolver has become a kind of public intellectual, particularly in the 21st century. It provides fresh readings of each of her novels, stories, and poems.
Linda Wagner-Martin is Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her many books include Sylvia Plath: A Biography (1987) and Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life (2nd edition, 2003).
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Title:Barbara Kingsolver's World: Nature, Art, and the Twenty-First CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.53 inPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Chapter One: Flight Behavior, Dellarobia's Bildungsroman Chapter Two: The Innocence of The Bean Trees Chapter Three: Pigs in Heaven and Its Interrogation Chapter Four: Animal Dreams, The Prototypical Ecological Novel Chapter Five: The Fiction of Kingsolver's Non-Novels Chapter Six: Kingsolver as Essayist-a different expertise Chapter Seven: Kingsolver as Poet Chapter Eight: The Poisonwood Bible as Apex Chapter Nine: The Prodigality of Prodigal Summer Chapter Ten: Traveling to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Chapter Eleven: The Lacuna Chapter Twelve: Small Wonder: Staying Alive and the Bellwether Prizes Chapter Thirteen: Flight Behavior, Our Bildungsroman Bibliography Index

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[In this] thorough book-by-book analysis ... readers receive ample guidance concerning the plots, characters, and themes of each of Kingsolver's novels and stories.