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The Program Era

Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing

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$23.50 • £18.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674062092

Publication Date: 11/30/2011


480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 halftones, 13 line illustrations


  • Preface
  • Introduction: Halls of Mirror
  • Part 1: “Write What You Know”/“Show Don’t Tell” (1890–1960)
    • 1. Autobardolatry: Modernist Fiction, Progressive Education, “Creative Writing”
    • 2. Understanding Iowa: The Religion of Institutionalization
  • Part 2: “Find Your Voice” (1960–1975)
    • 3. The Social Construction of Unreality: Creative Writing in the Open System
    • 4. Our Phonocentrism: Finding the Voice of the (Minority) Storyteller
  • Part 3: Creative Writing at Large (1975–2008)
    • 5. The Hidden Injuries of Craft: Mass Higher Education and Lower-Middle-Class Modernism
    • 6. Art and Alma Mater: The Family, the Nation, and the Primal Scene of Instruction
    • 7. Miniature America; or, The Program in Transplanetary Perspective
  • Afterword: Systematic Excellence
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2011 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, Truman Capote Estate and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa
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