Literary Techniques

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Although Berger's novel is apparently a loose and episodic narrative, it is in reality modeled on the more sophisticated achievements in the...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Some of the possibilities here are obvious. Readers can focus on Berger's seriocomic view of the West and his depiction of the culture of the...

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Brooks, Landon. “The Measure of Little Big Man.” Studies in American Fiction 17 (Autumn, 1989): 131-142. An insightful study of the treatment of Native Americans in Berger’s novel.

Brooks, Landon. Thomas Berger. Boston: Twayne, 1989. Presents a brief biography of Berger and features various critical essays on his major works. Includes helpful bibliographical references for further reading.

Madden, David W. Critical Essays on Thomas Berger. New York: G. K. Hall, 1995. A collection of essays by various scholars that cover the spectrum of Berger’s writings. Includes an essay by Michael Leary entitled “Finding the Center of the Earth: Satire, History, and Myth in Little Big Man.”

Swayze, Carolyn. Hard Choices: A Life of Tom Berger. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1987. A interesting look at Berger’s life, career as a lawyer, and development as a writer. Includes an index and bibliography.

Wallace, Jon. “The Implied Author as Protagonist: A Reading of Little Big Man.” Western American Literature 22 (February, 1988): 291-299. Wallace explores Berger’s characterization of the narrator, Jack Crabb.

Literary Precedents

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Little Big Man follows the tradition of the picaresque novel in obvious ways: The hero is a rogue who undergoes comic and antiheroic...

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Related Titles

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No other Berger novel deals explicitly with the American West, but elements of parody and satire are major forces in Arthur Rex (1978)...

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An ambitious film version of Little Big Man was released in 1970 to a mixed response from reviewers and the public. Directed by Arthur...

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