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Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

COLLECTED ESSAYS ON LITERATURE AND CRITICISM:

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THE IDEA OF LITERATURE

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EXPERIMENTAL FICTION NOW

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INNOVATIVE WOMEN WRITERS

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AMERICAN POSTMODERN FICTION

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BETWEEN SILLINESS AND SATIRE:BLACK HUMOR FICTION

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LET'S REVIEW: BOOK REVIEWING AS LITERARY CRITICISM

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THE ART OF DISTURBANCE: THE NOVELS OF JAMES PURDY

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09/04/2008

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Daniel

DG: When you write that 'No fiction writer should rest satisfied that prose fiction has settled into its final and most appropriate form such that only reiterations of the form with fresh "content" is needed,' do you mean that, prescriptively, all writers should consider themselves to be a part of the – for lack of a batter term – development of fiction, and that their judgment must be that no formal model is acceptable once it has been used? Relatedly, is it that each piece of published fiction is not only a work of art, but also a statement or judgment regarding the best possible form of fiction?

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Green

"do you mean that, prescriptively, all writers should consider themselves to be a part of the – for lack of a batter term – development of fiction, and that their judgment must be that no formal model is acceptable once it has been used?"

This post argues that some experiments can be "local," not rejections of an entire "formal model" but alterations to it.

There is no "statement or judgment regarding the best possible form of fiction" because there is no such thing as a best possible form.

Daniel

DG: I agree that there is no best possible form, though in your impatience with classical narrative techniques I am not sure you do. How it is possible to write anything that does not alter, even slightly, a given formal model, and thereby create a type of 'local' experiment? In that case, it would have to be more than just a 'local' alteration to be thought of as being 'experimental.' Otherwise all fiction would be so, and that is clearly not your argument.

Dan Green

"I agree that there is no best possible form, though in your impatience with classical narrative techniques I am not sure you do."

I'm not sure what this means.

"How it is possible to write anything that does not alter, even slightly, a given formal model"

It must be possible, since I read such books--or at least begin to read them--all the time.

Daniel

Well, thanks anyway.

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