By Warren F Motte Jr.
A awesome choice of writings by means of individuals of the gang referred to as the Oulipo (Ouvroir de litterature potentiale), this anthology contains, between others, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, Jacques Roubaud, and Raymond Queneau. based in Paris in 1960, the Oulipo perspectives inventive writing as an workout ruled through the strategy of "constraints." whereas a tremendous contribution to literary thought, and in addition nice enjoyable, Oulipo: A Primer of strength Literature is likely to be so much unique as an essential consultant to writers.
By Vasiliki Fachard, Robert Miltner
Hailed because the "American Chekhov" via the "Times Literary Supplement", Raymond Carver is the most well-liked and influential American short-story author on the grounds that Ernest Hemingway. His works were tailored to movie and translated into greater than twenty languages. but regardless of this foreign attraction, the serious realization to his writing has originated more often than not within the US. In an try to extend the scope and variety of Carver feedback, "Not faraway from the following: The Paris Symposium on Raymond Carver" - in accordance with papers introduced on the foreign convention of the Raymond Carver Society on the collage of Paris XII at the party of the 20 th anniversary of the author's dying - bargains an interesting dialog by way of either rising and validated overseas students from France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and the united states. Literary experiences, biographical experiences, movie concept, textual modifying, intertextual research, cultural reviews, feminism, semiotics, mythology, existentialism, metafictional research, representationalism, symbolism, humanism, and Lacanian feedback all have a few presence during this choice of essays. "Not faraway from right here" offers readers and students alike with new and multinational insights into Carver's poetry and fiction.
Digital and digital applied sciences that act as extensions of bodies and minds are altering how we are living, imagine, act, and write. a few welcome those advancements as bringing people toward unified realization and everlasting existence. Others fear that invasive globalized applied sciences threaten to damage the self and the area. no matter if feared or wanted, those suggestions impress feelings that experience lengthy fueled the non secular mind's eye, suggesting the presence of a latent spirituality in an period mistakenly deemed secular and posthuman.
William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo are American authors who discover this phenomenon completely of their paintings. attractive the works of every in dialog, Mark C. Taylor discusses their refined representations of recent media, communications, info, and digital applied sciences and their transformative results at the self and society. He specializes in Gaddis's The Recognitions, Powers's Plowing the darkish, Danielewski's apartment of Leaves, and DeLillo's Underworld, following the interaction of expertise and faith of their narratives and their imagining of the transition from human to posthuman states. Their demanding rules and creative types demonstrate the attention-grabbing methods non secular pursuits impact rising applied sciences and the way, in flip, those applied sciences advisor religious aspirations. To learn those novels from this angle is to determine them and the realm anew.
By Fitz Hugh Ludlow
In this primary scholarly version, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring paintings as not only a chronicle of drug use but in addition as a window into the budding American bohemian literary scene. A lucid advent explores the breadth of Ludlow's classical studying in addition to his involvement with the nineteenth-century culture that integrated fellow revelers akin to Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With priceless annotations guiding readers throughout the text's richly allusive features and abundance of references, this variation is perfect for school room use in addition to for basic readers.
By Jeffrey R. Di Leo
A finished exam of 1 of the 20th century’s such a lot leading edge writers and critics.
This choice of essays deals an authoritative exam and appraisal of the French-American novelist Raymond Federman’s many contributions to humanities scholarship, together with Holocaust experiences, Beckett stories, translation reports, experimental fiction, postmodernism, and autobiography. even supposing identified basically as a novelist, Federman (1928–2009) can also be the writer of various books of poetry, essays, translations, and feedback. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1942 and receiving a PhD in comparative literature at UCLA in 1957, he held professorships within the college at Buffalo’s departments of French and English from 1964 to 1999. including Steve Katz and Ronald Sukenick, he used to be one of many unique founders of the Fiction Collective, a nonprofit publishing residence devoted to avant-garde, experimental prose. a long way too many money owed deal with Federman as purely a member of a small workforce of writers who pioneered “metafictional” or “postmodern” American literature. Federman’s Fictions will introduce (or, for a few, reintroduce) to the wider scholarly group an inventive and bold philosopher whose paintings is critical not only to concerns of the improvement of leading edge fiction, yet to a few different targeted disciplines and rising severe discourses.
“…a scholarly and good suggestion out compendium of literary criticism.” — Library Bookwatch
Town has been the most atmosphere for contemporary African-American literature, and the fifteen essays during this assortment convey that this physique of writing has been extraordinary for the diversity of the way during which it has made major affirmations approximately city society in the USA.
By Michael W. Clune
The years after international conflict have visible a common fascination with the unfastened industry. during this ebook, Michael W. Clune considers this fascination in postwar literature. within the fictional worlds created by way of works starting from Frank O'Hara's poetry to nineties gangster rap, the industry is remodeled, supplying an alternate kind of lifestyles, special from either the social visions of the left and the individualist ethos of the best. those principles additionally offer an unsettling instance of the way artwork takes on social strength through providing an break out from society. American Literature and the loose industry provides a brand new viewpoint on a few extensive ranging works for readers of yank post-war literature.