Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark Z. Danielewski

by Joe Bray
     
 

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This is the first book-length study of Mark Z. Danielewski, an American novelist who is rapidly establishing himself as a leading figure in the landscape of contemporary literature.

It places his three major works to date, House of Leaves, The Fifty Year Sword and Only Revolutions, in their literary-historical context, and considers them alongside the media

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This is the first book-length study of Mark Z. Danielewski, an American novelist who is rapidly establishing himself as a leading figure in the landscape of contemporary literature.

It places his three major works to date, House of Leaves, The Fifty Year Sword and Only Revolutions, in their literary-historical context, and considers them alongside the media platforms which they have inspired, including internet forums and popular music. Leading critics examine Danielewski's pioneering novels, generating new insights into their innovative interplay of word and image. A variety of critical perspectives are adopted, from the close analysis of the poetic form of Only Revolutions to the consideration of the effects of his work on the reader. Danielewski's use of epic tropes is explored, as too is the relationship of his work to that of his most influential predecessors (including James Joyce) and his most relevant contemporaries (including David Foster Wallace). His radical reappraisal of the dynamic possibilities that the printed book has to offer in this digital age is a common theme.

The book will be of significant interest to all scholars working on Danielewski, as well as to students of the American novel, contemporary literature, and twenty-first century media culture. It will also appeal to Danielewski's many fans, and all those, who like the contributors to this volume, have been inspired by his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719099335
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Series:
Contemporary American and Canadian Writers MUP Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Bray is Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield

Alison Gibbons is Lecturer in Stylistics, Language and Literature at De Montfort University, Leicester

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