East of Eden

New and Recent Essays


Volume Editors: Michael J. Meyer and Henry Veggian
This volume includes one dozen new and recent essays on John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (1952). First commissioned by the late Professor Michael J. Meyer, a renowned Steinbeck scholar, the volume was originally designed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The collection contains critical writings from a variety of literary fields. These include the biographical essay, travel essay, essays on varied themes in Steinbeck’s works, writings on critical approaches to Steinbeck and also a new essay on Elia Kazan’s film adaptation of the novel. This volume is of interest for the Steinbeck scholar, the literary critic and also the casual reader seeking new ways to understand Steinbeck’s novel.

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“Due to the diverse topics and, for the most part academic, essays, East of Eden: New and Recent Essays serves as a tool for Steinbeck scholars looking for new arguments and critical analyses as well as a primer and supplemental text to those new to Steinbeck’s work. This book could be used to help an Intro to Steinbeck class understand some of the unique themes or conversations taking place around EoE. It could also serve as a starting-point to a study in setting or allegory, as several of the essays inside touch on those elements of fiction.” - Eric W. Riddle, Weber State University, in: Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 69.1 (2015), pp. 107-109
Henry Veggian: Introduction
Tom Gage: Steinbeck Knew Dad Better Than I Did
David A. Laws: “Literary Landmarks” of East of Eden
Florian Schwieger: “Mapping the Land of Nod”: The Spatial Imagination of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Henry Veggian: Bio-Politics and the Institution of Literature: An Essay on East of Eden, its Critics and its Time
Jeremy S. Leatham: Out of Eden: Dualism, Conformity, and Inheritance in Steinbeck’s “Big Book”
Elisabeth Bayley: Mimesis, Desire and Lack in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Scott Dill: An Image of Social Character: Elia Kazan’s East of Eden
Gavin Cologne-Brookes: East of Eden County: John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates and the Afterlife of Cathy Trask
Danica Čerče: The Status of East of Eden in Slovenia and the Former Yugoslavia
Yuji Kami: A Paradoxical World in East of Eden: The Theory of Free Will and the Heritage of Puritanism
Bruce Ouderkirk: The Unconventional Morality of East of Eden
Alec Gilmore: A Steinbeck Midrash on Genesis 4:7