Fiction of the Modern Grotesque

Fiction of the Modern Grotesque

Examines the use of the grotesque by such major writers as Kafka, Joyce, Grass, and Pynchon

Author: Bernard McElroy

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 031201340X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Examines the use of the grotesque by such major writers as Kafka, Joyce, Grass, and Pynchon
Categories: Literary Criticism

The grotesque in contemporary British fiction

The grotesque in contemporary British fiction

The well-established and continued influence of this group of writers on their contemporaries is difficult to overstate and this book comprises the first serious critical attempt to apprehend their work through the discourse of the ...

Author: Robert Duggan

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526112040

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The grotesque in contemporary British fiction reveals the extent to which the grotesque endures as a dominant artistic mode in British fiction and presents a new way of understanding six authors who have been at the forefront of British literature over the past four decades. Starting with a sophisticated exploration of the historical development of the grotesque in literature, the book outlines the aesthetic trajectories of Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Iain Banks, Will Self and Toby Litt and offers detailed critical readings of key works of modern fiction including The Bloody Chamber (1979), Money (1984), The Child in Time (1987), The Wasp Factory (1984), Great Apes (1997) and Ghost Story (2004). The book shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fiction of the Modern Grotesque

Fiction of the Modern Grotesque

Not supernatural demons or devouring chimeras, but external powerlessness and psychic dissolution are the fears with which the modern grotesque plays, ...

Author: Bernard McElroy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349200948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Categories: Literary Criticism

A New Book of the Grotesques

A New Book of the Grotesques

This book looks at Anderson's early fiction from contemporary interpretative methodologies, particularly from poststructuralist approaches.

Author: Robert Dunne

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 0873388275

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

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Sherwood Anderson, remembered chiefly as a writer of short stories about life in the Midwest at the turn of the century, was acknowledged as an innovator of the short story form. This book looks at Anderson's early fiction from contemporary interpretative methodologies, particularly from poststructuralist approaches.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Modern American Grotesque

Modern American Grotesque

Modern American Grotesque by James Goodwin explores meanings of the grotesque in American culture and explains their importance within our literature and photography.

Author: James Goodwin

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076002865652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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Modern American Grotesque by James Goodwin explores meanings of the grotesque in American culture and explains their importance within our literature and photography. What Flannery O'Connor said in the 1950s of American mass media—that the problem for a serious writer of the grotesque is “one of finding something that is not grotesque”—is incalculably truer today. Ask people what they find grotesque in the national scene and many will readily offer examples from tabloid journalism, extreme movie genres, reality shows, celebrity news, YouTube, and the like. As contemporary life is increasingly given over to such surface phenomena, it is an appropriate time to examine the more deeply rooted places of the grotesque as a literary and visual tradition over the last full century. A lineage of the modern grotesque evolved in the fiction of Sherwood Anderson, Nathanael West, and Flannery O'Connor, and the photography of Weegee and Diane Arbus. Each of these artists adopts the grotesque in order to recontextualize American culture and society and thereby to advance an attitude toward our collective history. To understand the deep structure of the grotesque Goodwin's book calls upon contexts that involve visual aesthetics, theories of comedy, prose stylistics, the technology of photography, ideas of reflexivity, and concepts of racial difference.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Carissima

The Carissima

Author: Lucas Malet

Publisher: Readhowyouwant

ISBN: 1425088341

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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Grotesque Revisited

Grotesque Revisited

This collection of essays aims to recapitulate the state of grotesque poetics in modern and post-modern writing.

Author: Laurynas Katkus

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443850940

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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This collection of essays aims to recapitulate the state of grotesque poetics in modern and post-modern writing. It concentrates on Central and Eastern Europe, introducing the Western reader to the variety and ingenuity of this region’s literary traditions, ranging from German and Russian to Lithuanian and Romanian literatures. At the same time, it seeks to highlight the importance of the grotesque mode of writing in the region. It includes new insights and interpretations of theories on grotesque and Menippean satire including (but not limited to) the works of Mikhail Bakhtin. The historic scope of the volume ranges from the legacies of Nazi dictatorship and exile to the post-communist times, but it is especially focused on the Soviet era. Scholars, not only from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Great Britain, Ireland, and Turkey, analyze the literary devices of the grotesque, examining the relationship between the socio-political background and subversive representations of the grotesque. Many studies take on a comparative and transnational approach. Alternatively, some studies aim to present important and innovative creators of grotesque texts in greater detail. This book, which features, among others, contributions by Professor Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Chair of Queen Mary College at the University of London; Professor Alexander Ivanitsky of the Russian State University of Humanities; Professor Algis Kalėda of the Lithuanian Institute of Literature and Folklore; Professor Peter Arnds of Trinity College, Dublin; and Dr Carmen Popescu of the University of Craiova, Romania, will appeal to a broad academic readership, including both students and professors wanting to discover more about the literary grotesque and modern Central and Eastern European literature and culture.
Categories: Social Science

The Carissima

The Carissima

About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

Author: Lucas Malet

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 0666177619

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Page: 344

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Excerpt from The Carissima: A Modern Grotesque He added that, compared with even a superficial comprehension Of the intricacies of her thought and conduct, the mastery of the Chinese language would supply an airy pastime, the study of the higher mathematics a gentle sedative. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Modern Art and the Grotesque

Modern Art and the Grotesque

Examining specific images by a range of artists, such as Ingres, Gauguin, Höch, de Kooning, Polke, and Mona Hatoum, these essays encompass a variety of media--including medical illustration, paintings, prints, photography, multimedia ...

Author: Frances S. Connelly

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521115760

Category: Art

Page: 336

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Frances Connelly examines how the concept of the "grotesque" has influenced the history, practice, and theory of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The grotesque has been adopted by a succession of artists as a way to push beyond established boundaries; explore alternate modes of experience and expression; and challenge the status quo. Examining specific images by a range of artists, such as Ingres, Gauguin, Höch, de Kooning, Polke, and Mona Hatoum, these essays encompass a variety of media--including medical illustration, paintings, prints, photography, multimedia installations, and film.
Categories: Art

The Modern Satiric Grotesque and Its Traditions

The Modern Satiric Grotesque and Its Traditions

See McElroy, Fiction of the Modern Grotesque (New York, 1989), esp. 1-29. 9. Although the other arts have “the workes of Nature” for their “principall ...

Author: John R. Clark

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813183312

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Thomas Mann predicted that no manner or mode in literature would be so typical or so pervasive in the twentieth century as the grotesque. Assuredly he was correct. The subjects and methods of our comic literature (and much of our other literature) are regularly disturbing and often repulsive -- no laughing matter. In this ambitious study, John R. Clark seeks to elucidate the major tactics and topics deployed in modern literary dark humor. In Part I he explores the satiric strategies of authors of the grotesque, strategies that undercut conventional usage and form: the de-basement of heroes, the denigration of language and style, the disruption of normative narrative technique, and even the debunking of authors themselves. Part II surveys major recurrent themes of grotesquerie: tedium, scatology, cannibalism, dystopia, and Armageddon or the end of the world. Clearly the literature of the grotesque is obtrusive and ugly, its effect morbid and disquieting -- and deliberately meant to be so. Grotesque literature may be unpleasant, but it is patently insightful. Indeed, as Clark shows, all of the strategies and topics employed by this literature stem from age-old and spirited traditions. Critics have complained about this grim satiric literature, asserting that it is dank, cheerless, unsavory, and negative. But such an interpretation is far too simplistic. On the contrary, as Clark demonstrates, such grotesque writing, in its power and its prevalence in the past and present, is in fact conventional, controlled, imaginative, and vigorous -- no mean achievements for any body of art.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Carissima

The Carissima

Author: Lucas Malet

Publisher: Readhowyouwant

ISBN: 1425089259

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

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Categories: Fiction

The Carissima

The Carissima

Author: Lucas Malet

Publisher: Readhowyouwant

ISBN: 1427002576

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 513

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The Carissima A Modern Grotesque Esprios Classics

The Carissima  A Modern Grotesque  Esprios Classics

Lucas Malet was the pseudonym of Mary St Leger Kingsley (4 June 1852 - 1931), a Victorian novelist.

Author: Lucas Malet

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 1714652335

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

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Lucas Malet was the pseudonym of Mary St Leger Kingsley (4 June 1852 - 1931), a Victorian novelist. Of her novels, The Wages of Sin (1891) and The History of Sir Richard Calmady (1901) were especially popular. Malet scholar Talia Schaffer notes that she was "widely regarded as one of the premier writers of fiction in the English-speaking world" at the height of her career, but her reputation declined by the end of her life and today she is rarely read or studied. At the height of her popularity she was "compared favorably to Thomas Hardy, and Henry James, with sales rivaling Rudyard Kipling." Malet's fin de siecle novels offer "detailed, sensitive investigations of the psychology of masochism, perverse desires, unconventional gender roles, and the body."
Categories: Fiction