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The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Alvin Kernan


The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? This book sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The experiences of today's Joads are as hilarious as they are discomfiting: they encounter a world of democracy gone haywire and social institutions in perplexing disarray. In ten satiri ... More

Keywords: Joad family, John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath, California, American culture, democracy, social institutions, twenty-first century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092905
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alvin Kernan, author