Strother B. Purdy

Strother B. Purdy

Strother B. Purdy is professor emeritus of English at Marquette University.

The Hole in the Fabric

Science, Contemporary Literature, and Henry James

In this imaginative and provocative book, Purdy draws upon the work of a such writers as Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Nabokov, Alain Robbe-Grillet, G√ľnter Grass, Samuel Becket, and Eugene Ionesco to suggest ways in which novelists explore the unknown. His ingenious consideration of Henry James in conjunction with these novelists, as well as with science fiction and detective fiction writers and with mid-century scientific discoveries and advances—black holes, hydrogen bombs, space travel—offers rich, new insights into JamesÆs work and into the twentieth-century view of humanityÆs place in the world.