East of Eden.: New and Recent Essays.

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Michael J. Meyer, Henry Veggian
Rodopi, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 302 pages
This volume includes one dozen new and recent essays on John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (1952). First commissioned by the late Professor Michael J. Meyer, a renowned Steinbeck scholar, the volume was originally designed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The collection contains critical writings from a variety of literary fields. These include the biographical essay, travel essay, essays on varied themes in Steinbeck’s works, writings on critical approaches to Steinbeck and also a new essay on Elia Kazan’s film adaptation of the novel. This volume is of interest for the Steinbeck scholar, the literary critic and also the casual reader seeking new ways to understand Steinbeck’s novel.
 

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Contents

Steinbeck Knew Dad Better Than I Did
1
Literary Landmarks of East of Eden
25
The Spatial Imagination of John Steinbecks East of Eden
59
An Essay on East of Eden its Critics and its Time
87
Dualism Conformity and Inheritance in Steinbecks Big Book
123
Mimesis Desire and Lack in John Steinbecks East of Eden
145
Elia Kazans East of Eden
167
John Steinbeck Joyce Carol Oates and the Afterlife of Cathy Trask
183
The Status of East of Eden in Slovenia and the Former Yugoslavia
203
The Theory of Free Will and the Heritage of Puritanism
219
The Unconventional Morality of East of Eden
231
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257
Author Biographies
289
Index
293
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