Avant-Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation

Avant-Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation

by Larry McCaffery (Editor)

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Avant-Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation by Larry McCaffery

Avant-Pop is innovative fiction, comic book art, unique graphics, and various unclassifiable texts written by the most radical, subversive literary talents of the postmodern new wave. They include cult figures in the pop underground (Samuel R. Delany, Kathy Acker, Tim Ferret, Derek Pell, Harold Jaffe), important new writers who have gained prominence since the late eighties (Mark Leyner, Eurudice, William T. Vollmann), and the most promising new kids on the block ("rap fiction" master Ricardo Cortez Cruz—winner of the 1992 Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction—and Doug Rice, whose obscenely obsessive, Faulkner-meets-Acker prose is showcased here for the first time).

Avant-Pop will send a collective wake-up call to all those readers who have spent the last decade nodding off, along with the rest of America's daydream nation. Avant-Pop will actually reverse the numbing effects of years of exposure to the harmful emissions of television, movies, glossy magazines, and commercial bestsellers. Readers who decry the absence of a liberating radicalized art and have had it with our bland B-movie society of the spectacle will hop with the hip in Avant-Pop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780932511720
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 01/01/1993
Series: Black Ice Books Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lawrence F. "Larry" McCaffery Jr. is a literary critic, editor, and retired Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Table of Contents

Of Lightening and Disordered Souls39
The Elements of Style49
Once Upon a Real Woman83
I'm Writing About Sally93
When Sleep Comes Down103
Gunpowder Come109
Sex Guerrillas113
Ebon Y MaN121
On the Unspeakable141
San Diego, California, U.S.A. (1988)167
The Water Tower173
Consumimur Igni185
Wingo on the Santa Maria199
Okay with You?207
Days of Beer and Daisies209
What Is This Thing Called Night?215
Dreams of a Mind Ruptured Prince and Mouth Play217
Through the Wire225

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