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Joseph Dewey is an associate professor of contemporary American literature for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He has authored In a Dark Time: The Apocalyptic Temper of the American Novel in the Nuclear Age, Novels from Reagan's America: A New Realism, Understanding Richard Powers, and Beyond Grief and Nothing: A Reading of Don DeLillo. Dewey has also edited casebooks on Henry James, Don DeLillo, and J. D. Salinger.
"Joseph Dewey's shrewd analyses and crystalline prose will reveal new insights to even veteran readers of Michael Chabon's work. I know of no other text that provides as comprehensive and rich a study of this major American author and his important position in contemporary fiction as Understanding Michael Chabon."—Jeff Pruchnic, associate professor and director, Graduate Studies, Department of English, Wayne State University
"Dewey's exquisite study of one of America's most exquisite novelists breaks new ground. Astutely situating Michael Chabon at the center of post-modern writers, he conclusively demonstrates universal and particularist themes in the novelist's expansive oeuvre. The omnipresent tension between reality and the imagination combines in Chabon's later works with the novelist's reengagements with Judaic materials."—Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies, and Director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, Florida Atlantic University
"Understanding Michael Chabon masterfully unpacks the narrative complexities of Chabon's fiction, situating his insightful analysis of individual texts within the evolution of Chabon's post-postmodern aesthetic. Dewey brilliantly charts the dialectic of escape and engagement in Chabon's work, where the artistic imagination enchants and reenergizes readers, awakening us to the "amazing adventure[s]" of our own magical reality (79)."—Trey Strecker, assistant professor of English, Ball State University and editor, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
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