The Aesthetic Alibi in The End of the Road

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleThe Aesthetic Alibi in The End of the Road Author(S)Christopher Conti (Author)
Abstract  John Barth's short second novel The End of the Road acted as a sourcebook for his later ideas regarding the relation of art to morality in the context of the postwar cultural divide between modernism and mass culture. The narrator's paralysis in the face of practical life, and the therapies of "motion" he adopts to traverse the mass cultural landscape, expressed the incommensurability of the aesthetic sphere with everyday life. ...Paginationp 79-111
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsEnglish fiction
Journal TitleModern Fiction Studies  
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