The Resource Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume., (ebook)

Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume., (ebook)

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Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel
Title
Aggressive fictions
Title remainder
reading the contemporary American novel
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Hume.
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Language
eng
Summary
A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, and Don DeLillo's Underworld seem determined to upset, disgust, or annoy their readers-or to disorient them by shunning traditional plot patterns and character development. Kathryn Hume calls such works "aggressive fiction." Why would authors risk alienating their readers-and why should readers persevere? Looking beyond the theory-based justifications that critics often provide for such fiction, Hume offers a commonsense guide for the average reader who wants to better understand and appreciate books that might otherwise seem difficult to enjoy. In her reliable and sympathetic guide, Hume considers roughly forty works of recent American fiction, including books by William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Chuck Palahniuk, and Cormac McCarthy. Hume gathers "attacks" on the reader into categories based on narrative structure and content. Writers of some aggressive fictions may wish to frustrate easy interpretation or criticism. Others may try to induce certain responses in readers. Extreme content deployed as a tactic for distancing and alienating can actually produce a contradictory effect: for readers who learn to relax and go with the flow, the result may well be exhilaration rather than revulsion
Cataloging source
Midwest
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1945-
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Hume, Kathryn
Dewey number
813/.5409
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Aggressiveness in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Aversion in literature
  • Electronic books
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adult
Label
Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume., (ebook)
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801462887
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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MWT12428553
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remote
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MWT12428553
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Aggressive fictions : reading the contemporary American novel, Kathryn Hume., (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801462887
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12428553
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
MWT12428553
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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