Morrow, Patrick D.
About the author: Dr. Morrow received his PhD from the University of Washington. He specializes in colonial and Post-colonial theory, criticism, and literature. He has published over forty articles and eight books, and received research awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Research Funds of Auburn University. He is author of The Popular and the Serious in Select Twentieth-Century American Novels, and Post-Colonial Essays on South Pacific Literature, also published by Mellen.2003 0-7734-6681-9
This series of essays in literary criticism cover almost forty years of Dr. Morrow’s work. The initial section is British literature, followed by American literature, including work on Hawthorne, Dos Passos, Frost, Bret Harte, and Catch-22. The book also contains essays on South Pacific possibilities, and concludes with a discussion of the author’s seventeen-year battle with Multiple Sclerosisand the challenge of continuing to teach.1992 0-7734-9496-0
This book takes a close look at the relationship between popular and serious fiction, with some surprising results. There are comparisons, for instance, between Norwegian Immigrant and Emigrant novels, or novels dealing extensively with mental retardation; examination on how a novel can spin out of formula to become truly serious (The Great Gatsby), or not always successfully become serious (The Sun Also Rises). Deals with a number of theoretical issues, Westerns, major figures such as William Faulkner, and Richard Brautigan, a post-modern writer who deconstructs the ability to differentiate between the popular and the serious.1998 0-7734-8474-4
This collection of essays embraces a variety of genres and areas of cncentration, including not only major figures of the South Pacific, but some of the newly-emergent voices as well. The book covers a vast expanse of territories, islands and states of mind where borders - social as well as geographic - are more permeable, more mobile than those we are used to in Europe and the United States.