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The Resource Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume

Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume

Label
Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel
Title
Aggressive fictions
Title remainder
reading the contemporary American novel
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Hume
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, and Don DeLillo's Underworld seem determined to upset, disgust, or annoy their readers--or to disorient them by shunning traditional plot patterns and character development. Kathryn Hume calls such works "aggressive fiction." Why would authors risk alienating their readers--and why should readers persevere? Looking beyond the theory-based justifications that critics often provide for such fiction, Hume offers a commonsense guide for the average reader who wants to better understand and appreciate books that might otherwise seem difficult to enjoy. In her reliable and sympathetic guide, Hume considers roughly forty works of recent American fiction, including books by William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Chuck Palahniuk, and Cormac McCarthy. Hume gathers "attacks" on the reader into categories based on narrative structure and content. Writers of some aggressive fictions may wish to frustrate easy interpretation or criticism. Others may try to induce certain responses in readers. Extreme content deployed as a tactic for distancing and alienating can actually produce a contradictory effect: for readers who learn to relax and go with the flow, the result may well be exhilaration rather than revulsion. -- Book jacket
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
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Hume, Kathryn
Dewey number
813/.5409
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.A38
LC item number
H86 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Aggressiveness in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Aversion in literature
Label
Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-193) and index
Contents
The author-reader contract -- The narrative speed in contemporary fiction -- Modalities of complaint -- Conjugations of the grotesque -- Violence -- Attacking the reader's ontological assumptions -- Why read aggressive fictions?
Control code
ocn727704084
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 200 p.
Isbn
9780801450013
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011022561
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780801450013
  • (OCoLC)727704084
Label
Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-193) and index
Contents
The author-reader contract -- The narrative speed in contemporary fiction -- Modalities of complaint -- Conjugations of the grotesque -- Violence -- Attacking the reader's ontological assumptions -- Why read aggressive fictions?
Control code
ocn727704084
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 200 p.
Isbn
9780801450013
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011022561
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780801450013
  • (OCoLC)727704084

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