Verbal Vermeer: Updike's Middle-Class Portraiture

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Of all the artists Updike mentions in his writing, none is cited more often than seventeenth-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer, whose near-photographic depictions of household scenes from everyday bourgeois life are recalled in Updike's own fictional portraits of upper-middle-dass domesticity-particularly those set in his native Pennsylvania, where the Dutch historically settled.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationRabbit Tales : Poetry and Politics in John Updike's Rabbit Novels
StatePublished - Feb 8 2000


  • John Updike
  • Jan Vermeer
  • American literature
  • Essay


  • Arts and Humanities
  • English Language and Literature
  • Literature in English, North America
  • Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

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