Radical Innocence

reviewed by Charles I. Glicksberg - 1962

coverTitle: Radical Innocence
Author(s): I. Hassan
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Written with stylistic grace and with that élan which springs from literary insights that have been allowed to mature into reasoned convictions, Radical Innocence is a work of literary criticism that immediately commands attention. In the prologue to this tightly constructed work of criticism, the author establishes the framework for his analysis of the relatively "new" American novelists, those who were born after 1910, and attempts to show how they respond to the pressures and anxieties of the Space Age. "Radical Innocence," the ambivalent metaphor Mr. Hassan employs for his sensitive and illuminating approach to his subject, is dialectically applied. The point of view utilized, which the author rightly calls "existential," is in keeping with the central metaphor. The book sets out, in the first part, to view in historical perspective the relation of the fictive hero to the world. The second part seeks to analyze the ways in which... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 6, 1962, p. 487-487
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3104, Date Accessed: 9/26/2021 12:19:13 AM

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