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Beyond Boundaries
Rereading John Steinbeck
Edited by Susan Shillinglaw, Kevin Hearle

Trade Cloth
2002. 374 pp.
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2015. 374 pp.
4 B&W illustrations
Price:  $29.95 d
Quality Paper
2016. 374 pp.
4 B&W figures
Price:  $29.95 s

As a writer who, beginning in the 1930s, gave voice to the ordinary man and woman, Steinbeck came to be the conscience of America. He witnessed and recorded with clarity much of the political and social upheaval of the 20th century: the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam. Yet his place in the literary canon of American literature has been much debated and often dismissed by academics. Beyond Boundaries challenges that dismissal and replaces it with a fuller, more nuanced and international appreciation of the popular Nobel laureate and his works.

Topics treated in these wide-ranging essays include the historical and literary contexts and the artistic influence of the eminent novelist; the reception and translation of Steinbeck works outside the United States; Steinbeck's worldview, his social vision, and his treatment of poverty, of self, and of patriotism; influence on Native American writers; the centrality of the archetypal feminine throughout his fiction; and the author's lifelong interest in science and philosophy.
Truly international in scope, this timely study reevaluates the enduring and evolving legacy of one of America's most significant writers.

Susan Shillinglaw is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University and has coedited Steinbeck and the Enviroment: Interdisciplinary Approaches.

Kevin Hearle is a Lecturer in English at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, and with Peter Lisca edited "The Grapes of Wrath": Text and Criticism.

“[Beyond Boundaries] deserves the highest praise and is a must read for anyone interested in Steinbeck studies or modern American Literature.”
The Steinbeck Review

"This book takes Steinbeck criticism beyond the frozen boundaries of the past and pushes out over boundaries in many different directions. It shows Steinbeck as an explorer of form and a far more profound thinker than he has been credited to be. It refutes the clichés of criticism and takes us into new territory."
—Jackson J. Benson, San Diego State University

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