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Realism and Its Vicissitudes

Essays in Honor of Sandy Petrey

Edited By Robert Harvey and Patrice Nganang

This collection honors the career of Donald «Sandy» Petrey, Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for over forty years. The diversity of essays – written by colleagues, friends, and former students, and ranging in subject from the traditional Festschrift theme of the honoree’s compelling contributions to the study of realism and the novel’s role in history, to chapters on Susan Sontag’s experimental films, the thought of the late Marxist philosopher André Gorz, silence in the graphic novel, and linguistic disparities between American and Standard Italian – attests to the plasticity of Sandy Petrey’s mind and the ample indications of his work. Best-known (and well-loved) for his often gruff, no-nonsense style in teaching and prose, Petrey is celebrated by those whose careers and ideas he has helped to nurture, inform, and embolden. This collection is a fine text for courses in nineteenth-century as well as contemporary French studies and literature.
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Thomas J. J. Altizer is an apocalyptic theologian who has attempted to understand the Christian epic as enacted by Dante, Milton, Blake and Joyce as the deepest sacred ground of the West. This is a truly dialectical ground, one not only conjoining Heaven and Hell, but Good and Evil and Christ and Satan, as the Bible itself is renewed in our history and consciousness, but so renewed as to transform everything whatsoever, finally issuing in a comprehensive and total Apocalypse.

David Anshen is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Texas Pan American (soon to be University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). He writes on American Literature, Film, and Marxist theory. Sandy Petrey directed his Ph.D. thesis. His upcoming work includes a textbook on Marxist Literary Theory and a book on Alienation and Commodity Fetishism in contemporary American Literature and film.

Claire Burrows is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University, studying and writing about autobiographical comics. She has published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and ImageText, and held an editorial internship at Fantagraphics Books. Prior to her doctoral studies at Stony Brook, she earned an M.A. in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Claire is originally from Austin, Texas.

Kathryn M. Grossman is Professor of French at Pennsylvania State University. Her research includes: The Later Novels of Victor Hugo:...

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