Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

by Kathryn Hume

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ISBN-13: 9780801462887
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 337,284
File size: 597 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Hume is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of several books, including American Dream, American Nightmare: Fiction since 1960 and Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Author-Reader ContractChapter 1. Narrative Speed in Contemporary Fiction
The Terrible Twos, The Terrible Threes, John's Wife, Bombardiers, Oreo, Microserfs, Negrophobia, The Ticket That Exploded, My Cousin, My GastroenterologistChapter 2. Modalities of Complaint
Portnoy's Complaint, Don Quixote, Pussy, King of the Pirates, Mercy, The Color Purple, Donald Duk, Doctor Rat, My Year of MeatsChapter 3. Conjugations of the Grotesque
Geek Love, Invisible Monsters, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre, Towing Jehovah, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles, Blood Meridian, and several speculative fictionsChapter 4. Violence
Dark Property, The Road, American Psycho, Hogg, Frisk, Try, Blood and Guts in High School Chapter 5. Attacking the Reader’s Ontological Assumptions
Lying Awake, Fight Club, Ubik, House of Leaves, Against the DayConclusion: Why Read Aggressive Fictions?Notes
Bibliography
Index

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