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History and Utopian Disillusion

The Dialectical Politics in the Novels of John Dos Passos

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Jun Young Lee

Canonical but controversial works of radical modernism, John Dos Passos’ novels continue to intrigue readers and challenge literary critics with their unique styles and provocative messages. This book offers an insightful and refreshing perspective on his fictional world, exploring the historical vision and utopian aspirations of his early novels in light of their dialectical politics in narrating modern American society. History and Utopian Disillusion convincingly shows that Dos Passos’ epic-scale project is a radical hymn of faith dialectically inspiring the utopian resolution of American history by presenting entropic despair and disillusionment.