Kurt Vonnegut

Overview

Since the publication of his first short stories in the 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut has enjoyed much popular acclaim and has, since the 1970s, gained growing amounts of attention from the scholarly community. In the course of his career, he has become increasingly concerned with visual images. While such imagery occurs in his short fiction and novels, he has also written plays, in which ideas are visually represented on the stage. In recent years, he has devoted more and more of his time and energy to graphic art, ...

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Overview

Since the publication of his first short stories in the 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut has enjoyed much popular acclaim and has, since the 1970s, gained growing amounts of attention from the scholarly community. In the course of his career, he has become increasingly concerned with visual images. While such imagery occurs in his short fiction and novels, he has also written plays, in which ideas are visually represented on the stage. In recent years, he has devoted more and more of his time and energy to graphic art, producing paintings that are then silk screened. The contributors to this volume look at the visual images created by Vonnegut in his literary art, along with the images and representations of his thought that increasingly are being brought to life in other media.

Much of Vonnegut's present significance, his talents as a mythmaker, and his impulse toward visual imagery were anticipated by Leslie Fiedler in The Divine Stupidity of Kurt Vonnegut, published in the September 1970 issue of Esquire. That essay is reprinted here as a prescient introduction to the volume. The essays that follow look at comic elements in Vonnegut's science fiction, the representation of authors in his works, and the translation of his writings into film. The book also examines Vonnegut's graphic art and includes photos of several of his works.

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Meet the Author

MARC LEEDS the author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium (1994) and the coeditor of The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (1996), both available from Greenwood Press.

PETER J. REED is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Writers for the 70s: Kurt Vonnegut (1972), the first full-length study of the work of Kurt Vonnegut.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Divine Stupidity of Kurt Vonnegut by Leslie A. Fielder

Hurting 'til It Laughs by Peter J. Reed

It's All Play-Acting by Michelle Persell

The Paradox of Awareness and Language in Vonnegut's Fiction by Loree Rackstraw

Kurt Vonnegut's Bitter Fool: Kilgore Trout by Peter J. Reed

Mother Night: Who's Pretending by Marc Leeds

Mother Night: Fiction into Film by Jerome Klinkowitw

Vonnegut on Film by Jerry Holt

The Morning after Mother Night by Robert B. Weide

The Boys of Mother Night by Nancy Kaptianoff

Pilgrim's Process by Eric Simenson

In Search of Slaughterhouse-Five by Julie A. Hibbard

Unstuck in Time: Simultaneity as a Foundation for Vonnegut's Chrono-Synclastic Infundiula and Other Nonlinear Time Structures by Sharon Sieber

The Apotheosis of Philanthropy: Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Donald E. Morse

Kurt and Joe: The Artistic Collaboration of Kurt Vonnegut and Joe Petro III by John Dinsmore and Ollie Lyon

Graphics by Kurt Vonnegut by Peter J. Reed

Index

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