Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis

Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis

by Wojciech Drag

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Overview

Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis considers the phenomenon of the continued relevance of collage, a form established over a hundred years ago, to contemporary literature. It argues that collage is a perfect artistic vehicle to represent the crisis-ridden reality of the twenty-first-century. Being a mixture of fragmentary incompatible voices, collage embodies the chaos of the media-dominated world. Examining the artistic, sociopolitical and personal crises addressed in contemporary collage literature, the book argues that the 21st Century has brought a revival of collage-like novels and essays.


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ISBN-13: 9781000760675
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Wojciech Drąg (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wrocław in Poland.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Madly in Love with Crisis: Collage Literature Today

Chapter One: Theory and Practice of Collage

Part I. Art in Crisis

Chapter Two: “Why Is Author So Damnably Tired?”: David Markson’s Reader’s Block Tetralogy

Chapter Three: Manifestos for “Reality-Based” Art: David Shields’s Reality Hunger And How Literature Saved My Life

Part II. Society in Crisis

Chapter Four: It’s the End of the World As We Know It: Lance Olsen’s Sewing Shut My Eyes, Head in Flames and Dreamlives of Debris

Chapter Five: When We Were Human: Steve Tomasula’s VAS: An Opera in Flatland and The Book of Portraiture

Part III. The Self in Crisis

Chapter Six: I’m Every Wo/man, Guaranteed One Hundred Per Cent Genuine!: Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World

Chapter Seven: Diaries of Bad Years: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation

Conclusion: Collage Is Here to Stay Works Cited

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