By Benedict Giamo
The Homeless of Ironweed is either a meditation on Kennedy's extraordinary novel and a literary and cultural research. Benedict Giamo's explorations of the social stipulations, cultural meanings, and literary representations of vintage and modern homelessness in the United States and in a foreign country tell his realizing of the literary advantage and social resonance of Ironweed. all through Giamo continues to be grounded in an in depth studying of the radical. He strikes with nice relevance from Dante to Kenneth Burke, from Sartre to Robert Jay Lifton, to find that means and price within the lives of Kennedy's characters; via extension, with intelligence and compassion, he regards the lives of the homeless who wander via our streets and shefters this present day.
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The Homeless of Ironweed is either a meditation on Kennedy's awesome novel and a literary and cultural research. Benedict Giamo's explorations of the social stipulations, cultural meanings, and literary representations of vintage and modern homelessness in the United States and out of the country tell his knowing of the literary benefit and social resonance of Ironweed.
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You are a contumacious young man'" (I, 4344). Once classified as polluted Other, he is then given the bum's rush. If you will, contrast this figure with Dante, who, even in the Christian underworld, has enough corporeal substance to cast a shadow, thus verifying his status as worldly being, much to the consternation of the shades around him. For the homeless, cast out and diminished, to throw a shadow onto their delimited social world is no small achievement. It is the very sign of presence, and the challenge to Francis and his cohort throughout their trials in the novel will be to establish, however meager, a sense of dignity, worth, and merit to their lives.
A very fine belated Christmas present. I read through it and was pleased to learn of the fate of Francis Phelan; my previously reached conviction that the ending of Ironweed left Francis on the road rather than reunited with his family had been vindicated. I felt a sense of closure. But at the same time, something else opened up: the conception for this project, and I have not been the same since. I began fervently building on new ground in January 1994, and, needless to say, in the face of fortuity my well-designed plans were cast aside.
All reasonable steps have been taken to contact copyright holders of material used in this book. The publisher would be pleased to make suitable arrangements with any whom it has not been possible to reach. Printed on acid-free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Giamo, Benedict. The homeless of Ironweed: blossoms on the crag / by Benedict Giamo. cm. ). Kennedy, William, 1928 , Ironweed. Homelessness in literature. Social problems in literature. Family in literature. Title.
The homeless of Ironweed: blossoms on the crag by Benedict Giamo