Tag: postmodern

Flatland in VAS

2012-06-28

Lila Marz Harper shows the many dimensions of intertextuality between Edwin Abbott’s Flatland and Steve Tomasula’s VAS. From typography to narratology, Tomasula’s “opera in flatland” follows Abbott, in a geometry of fiction that interrogates the biopolitics of today.

Designing Our Disciplines in a Postmodern Age - and Academy

1996-03-01

Matt Kirschenbaum on Richard Coyne’s philosophical treatment of technographics.

"Is this for real? Is that a stupid question?": A Review of Dennis Cooper's The Sluts

2012-01-23

Dennis Cooper’s disorienting novel, The Sluts, complicates reader expectations about subjectivity and identity. As a result, Megan Milks notes that it “is either the most honest or the most dishonest literature I have come across.”

Epic at the End of Empire

2011-12-07

In The American Epic Novel, Gilbert Adair presents a “State-of-the-Empire address” that interrogates the epical form in a time where authors no longer talk of writing “The Great American Novel.” As Joseph Tabbi finds, such an exploration goes beyond expanding the canon and presents “a new, compelling context for ‘the literary’ itself.”

How to Fail (at) Fiction and Influence Everybody: A Review of Penthouse-F by Richard Kalich

2011-10-17

Richard Kalich’s latest protagonist is Richard Kalich, but one critic views this postmodern occupation of the novel as an opportunity - even an encouragement - to forget about him.

How to Write the Present Without Irony: Immanent Critique in Lynne Tillman's American Genius, A Comedy

2011-07-25

Contrasting Lynne Tillman’s text with the “complicitous critique” of Donald Barthelme and other postmodern ironists, Sue-Im Lee argues that Tillman’s narration displays the “mobility” of Adornian cultural criticism, in which contradiction is not a problem but a mode of interrogating the present.

Dispersion

2006-10-29

“Dispersion” is a short-story by Rob Swigart.

The Riddling Effect: Rules and Unruliness in the Work of Harry Mathews

2006-09-29

Michael Boyden reflects on the stubborn and idiosyncratic fiction of Harry Mathews and introduces a new ebr gathering of work on and by Mathews.

Weight Inward into Lightness: A Reading of Canoe Repair

2004-08-19

“The plot offers not so much progress as recurrence, duplication, and reiteration.” Flore Chevaillier offers one way to fill in the gaps of Joseph McElroy “Canoe Repair.”

Feminism, Geography, and Chandra Mohanty

2005-04-20

Julie Cupples reviews a retrospective collection of essays by Chandra Mohanty on the geopolitics of gender and race.

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