Making it long: men, women, and the great American novel now

  title={Making it long: men, women, and the great American novel now},
  author={Kasia Boddy},
  journal={Textual Practice},
  pages={318 - 337}
  • K. Boddy
  • Published 17 August 2018
  • Art
  • Textual Practice
ABSTRACT In 2010, following the publication of Jonathan Franzen’s fourth novel, Freedom, a furore briefly emerged in the literary media about whether the Great American Novel, so-called since 1868, is ‘coded male’. This essay briefly explores the history of novelistic claims to national spokesmanship, and, latterly, spokeswomanship. It considers the influence on Don DeLillo on contemporary fiction, and particularly, his importance for women writers such as Jennifer Egan, Dana Spiotta, Rachel… 
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