Dennis Cooper: Writing at the Edge

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Dennis Cooper’s writing has acquired a ferocious reputation for its bold experimentation, its transgressive content, and its emotional content, which is both Romantic and touching, whilst cold and hard-edged. For over twenty years Cooper has explored the boundaries of human living, and sexuality’s centrality to that living. The extreme situations he develops in his writing bring out parts of gay experience that a consensual ‘community’ often shies away from, likewise the heterosexual mainstream. His most ...

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Overview

Dennis Cooper’s writing has acquired a ferocious reputation for its bold experimentation, its transgressive content, and its emotional content, which is both Romantic and touching, whilst cold and hard-edged. For over twenty years Cooper has explored the boundaries of human living, and sexuality’s centrality to that living. The extreme situations he develops in his writing bring out parts of gay experience that a consensual ‘community’ often shies away from, likewise the heterosexual mainstream. His most important genre is undoubtedly fiction, but Cooper has also written poetry, large quantities of journalistic works, notably for Artforum and Spin, and, recently has had great success and recognition with theatrical works. … Writing at the Edge enters deep into the worlds Cooper fabricates – and into the coolness of his expression. This challenging work is addressed by a group of mostly young and new critical writers and academics who provide creative responses to Cooper’s artistry. The contributions, which cover the breadth of Cooper’s work, develop themes and devices that advance his profound and disturbing world view. In addition to the artistic responses, the topics in the critical pieces range from sexuality in the suburbs, to neurological responses to the work, via the limits and possibilities of bodies. Others look at the implications of contemporary electronic communication as outlined in Cooper’s recent work, or the use of space. Cooper’s writing receives a multi-faceted contextualisation, and his literary ideas are made accessible to any reader interested in learning why Cooper is today regarded as one of the foremost writers in expressing the psychological point behind the centrality of sexual expression.

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“Hegarty and Kennedy present a critical study of the European influence on the work of avant-garde writer, Dennis Cooper. Articles discuss Cooper in Hegelian terms and his connection to French authors such as Rimbaud and Baudelaire. The book begins with previously unpublished short fiction by Cooper. An unusual touch is the poetry by Nick Hudson and Jean-Paul Cauvin framing color plates of artwork that complements the essays and are fitting in a volume dedicated to the work of this iconoclastic writer.”  —Reference & Research Book News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845195526
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Introduction Danny Kennedy Kennedy, Danny 1

Ugly Man Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 13

The Boy on the Far Left Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 13

Graduate Seminar Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 14

Santa Claus vs. Johnny Crawford Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 15

The Worst (1960-1971) Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 15

Three boys who thought experimental fiction was for pussies Dennis Cooper Cooper, Dennis 18

Wasteland of the Free: Suburbia and Autonomy in Dennis Cooper's Try Martin Dines Dines, Martin 20

Skin Deep, or, Getting Inside (Your Head): My Loose Thread Damon Young Young, Damon 32

The Whole is the Untrue: Experience and Community in The Sluts Timothy C. Baker Baker, Timothy C. 52

The Immature Narrative: Ferdydurkism in Closer Danny Kennedy Kennedy, Danny 68

Next: Vampiric Epistolarity, Haunted Cyberspace, and Dennis Cooper's Positively Mutant Multimedia Offspring Leora Lev Lev, Leora 83

Summer of 92 Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 106

Summer Sigil (Bear's Invocation) Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 167

The Under Boys Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 108

Matthew Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 109

Feed The Cabin Fever Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 111

Dream Ballad of Manyana Nick Hudson Hudson, Nick 112

Colour Plates Alex Rose Rose, Alex C. L. Martin Martin, C. L. Aspen Michael Taylor Taylor, Aspen Michael 115

The Pope of Arranged Disaster Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 119

Good Evening Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 121

Birds and Strangers Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 122

Young Man, Here's Trouble Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 123

Finished Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 124

Famished Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 126

TheAdversary Jean-Paul Cauvin Cauvin, Jean-Paul 128

Philosophy in the Bedroom: Pornography and Philosophy in Dennis Cooper's Writing Matias Viegener Viegener, Matias 130

Is This Text Fucking With My Brain? A Neuroaesthetic Reading of Dennis Cooper's Guide Pierre-Louis Patoine Patoine, Pierre-Louis 144

Plus d'un Georges: Dennis Cooper and the Work of Mourning George Miles Diarmuid E. Hester Hester, Diarmuid E. 162

The Self Contained and its Emptying in Frisk Paul Hegarty Hegarty, Paul 175

32 Cardinal Virtues of Dennis Cooper Wayne Koestenbaum Koestenbaum, Wayne 187

Interview with Dennis Cooper 191

Index 214

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