By Stacey Olster
1: A Disruption of Sensibility
A final Millennial Variant
A Long-Distance Affair
An finish to Ideology
2: The Transition to Post-Modernism: Norman Mailer and a brand new Frontier in Fiction
From Liberalism to New Historicism
The technique on Display
The technique on Record
The finish of an Era
3: Thomas Pynchon: An Interface of historical past and Science
The Puritan Heritage
An Entropic conception of History
Mediating among the Strands
4: John Barth: Clio as kinfolk to Calliope
The Literary Legacy
A Nonrevolutionary Novel
Conclusion: "Subjective Historicism"
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