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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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EXPERIMENTAL FICTION NOW


  • A survey of current writers whose work might be called "experimental." Includes a prefatory discussion defining terms, as well as essays on David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, Mark Danielewski, John Keene, Shelley Jackson, Steve Tomasula, more than a dozen others.
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INNOVATIVE WOMEN WRITERS


  • "I offer here no overarching theory about the nature or direction of innovative writing by women writers, although as I do note in several of the essays in the first section, there is a recognizable affinity among numerous current writers for what I am here calling 'fabulation.'" Includes essays on Rikki Ducornet, Aimee Bender, Noy Holland, Helen DeWitt, Eimear McBride, more than a dozen others.
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AMERICAN POSTMODERN FICTION


  • "Although the term has come to identify a general attitude toward traditional intellectual assumptions or, more specifically, discernibly related practices in philosophy, the social sciences, and all of the arts, "postmodern" was originally a critical label attached to an emergent group of American fiction writers perceived to be challenging established literary convention."
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REALISMS

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BETWEEN SILLINESS AND SATIRE:BLACK HUMOR FICTION


  • In the early to mid 1960s, an iconoclastic mode of American fiction that came to be called "black humor" presaged the larger movement succeeding it that eventually came to be known as postmodernism. This volume looks at the essential features of black humor fiction, with essays on all the major black humorists: Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and more.
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MANY WINDOWS: ON EXPERIMENTAL FICTION


  • Is a work of experimental fiction really an experiment? What was metafiction? Experimental fiction and tradition. New Romancers. Poetic structures. Fiction as performance. Varieties of experimental fiction.
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A WIDER ANGLE: AMERICAN FICTION AT THE PERIPHERY


  • Beyond the major publishers’ seasonal lists to out-of-the-way presses and lesser-known writers.
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steven augustine

Dan!

I'm teetering on the edge of *not* investing in this one. What I've read of and from Krasznahorkai, to date, made me think of a cross between Gregor Von Rezzori* (the parts translated by Neugroschel) and (obviously) Bernhard, but I find Bernhard funnier and Von Grezzori a more congenial host. What I look for, now, more than anything, in a long-form work, are the page-by-page pleasures of the text (already hard to come in most translated works)... I can't quite tell, from your review of Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming (at Splice), if you actually enjoyed reading it. Was it worth it, in your opinion...? If so, I'll go order it from my favorite book store.


*In writing this comment I found myself paging idly through one of Von Rezzori's books and, suddenly, I was sucked in, to take the book on again: the Writers I like, I like, I guess... the others I hem and haw over and pursue advice regarding...

Daniel Green

I can't honestly say I did enjoy it. At some point in reading Krasznahorkai the expectation of "enjoyment" starts to seem impertinent. Wenckheim is inferior to Satantango and The Melancholy of Resistance, however, both of which retain a kind of grim fascination.

steven augustine

Thanks for the always-carefully-calibrated feedback, Dan (and what a weird typo I committed up there: "Von Grezzori"? Yipes!). I will pass on Wenckheim. I'm beginning to divide the real readers out there into two equally useful groups: Gem Collectors and Mountain Climbers. I think it's the latter who keep the Krasznahorkai stock high, and good for them... !

Daniel Green

I'm willing to try climbing a mountain, but not the same one over and over again.

steven augustine

(Zen-ishly put)

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LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY


  • Inventing Literature. Performing Literature. Reading Literature. Theorizing Literature. Historicizing Litera- ture. Relinquishing Literature. Reclaiming Literature?
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