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By Warner Berthoff

Probes postwar American writers' abandonment of distinguishing positive factors of literary workmanship in writings seen as testaments of non-public survival and displays at the clients of literature in a time of cultural difficulty and glide

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The recognizable commo11 truth in Jameson's ac­ count may considerably explain, in quite practical terms, our rising critical tolerance for the time-filling volubility that has returned to fashion. The reassur­ ance of any sort of speaking voice, any unpro­ grammed personal utterance, becomes an end in it­ self, worth seeking out and giving one's ear to wherever found. Expectably, texts appealing to such tolerance are now commonplace. They accompany *Not for the first time, speculative diagnosis has been richly an­ ticipated in imaginative literature itself Jameson's account, drawing in particular on Frankfurt Scl1ool ar1alysis, recapitulates Wordsworth's apprehension in the preface to the Lyrical Ballads of a "multitude of causes unkno\vn to former tin1es .

But much more than with Dreiser early in the century, or even James T. Farrell around 1 930, the murderous antagonisn1s Oates is determined to record seem in the end to overwhelm her imaginative judgment and her very co11siderable storytelling intelligence. Vith which she fully emerged from Marep111an. M npaBOM 52 A Literature Without Qualities a characteristically intense schooling in the tech11ic of modern fiction seen1s indicative. It is the novel she titled them (1969), and the lower-case printi11g is it­ self symptomatic of her shocked vision and of her will to shock others into sharing it.

Admira­ tion for the narrative's sustained vividness of style and incident was touchingly reinforced by gratitude that a man had somehow survived through the whole modern era for whom family, neighborhood, work, church, marriage, and genuine personality did positively exist; a man who seemed to have under- Ma1epL'1an. 3aU1L'1U1eHHb1lil aBropcKL'IM npaBOM Bearing Witness, Negotiating Survival 49 gone no such pl1enomenal split between public and private experience. Like a ''black Homer'' indeed, as reviewers spoke of him, Nate Shaw had been able to hold in mind the full story of his life, keeping track of the names, lineage, position, and character of more than four hundred other people, and tell that story out with a rare coherence when the time came, having against brutal odds remained free to store it in mind and tell and retell it throughout his days.

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