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Published: Aug 23 2012
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Carolyn A. Durham
Carolyn A. Durham is the Inez Kinney Gaylord Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at the College of Wooster, where she also teaches in the programs of comparative literature, film studies, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies.
"Carolyn Durham demonstrates compellingly how Johnson writes as both an American and an American abroad. Durham moves with ease between author and work, fiction and non-fiction, figure and context. She is particularly adept at delineating Johnson's attention to the importance of place, her contributions to the international comedy of manners, and her ironic depictions of cross-culturalism at work."—Edward Knox, Middlebury College emeritus
"Exemplary in its scope, clarity, and insight, Understanding Diane Johnson is indispensable in examining the career of an important contemporary American writer for whom a full-length critical study is long overdue. In lucid readings and lively prose, Carolyn Durham explores Johnson's fascination with the relation of identity to place, illuminating how Johnson reinvigorates the comedy of manners and writes from a cross-cultural perspective to uncover what we mean by 'America' and 'Americanness.' Elegantly organized, incisive, and accessible to a broad readership, the book offers a beautifully detailed yet succinct overview of Johnson's fiction and nonfiction"—Debra Shostak, author of Philip Roth—Countertexts, Counterlives
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