Author Durand, Alain-Philippe
Title Novels of the Contemporary Extreme
Imprint London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2008
©2006
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (191 pages)
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Series Continuum Literary Studies
Continuum Literary Studies
Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- List of Contributors -- Introduction -- Part I: The Americas -- 1 "Right Here in Nowheres": American Psycho and Violence's Critique -- 2 Telling Doubles and Literal-Minded Reading in Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama -- 3 Posthumous Voice and Residual Presence in Don DeLillo's The Body Artist -- 4 A Post-Apocalyptic World: The Excremental, Abject Female Warriors of Josee Yvon -- 5 On the Impossibility of Being Contemporary in Nelly Arcan's Folk -- 6 Media-Portrayed Violence in Alberto Fuguet's Tinta roja -- Part II: Europe and the Middle East -- 7 Sadomasochism, Castration and Rape: Richard Morgiève's Nightmare Theater of Primal Scenes -- 8 Dantec's Inferno -- 9 Michel Houellebecq: A Fin de Siècle for the Twentieth Century -- 10 Beyond The Extreme: Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World -- 11 Amélie Nothomb's Dialectic of the Sublime and the Grotesque -- 12 Violence Biting its Own Tail: Martin Amis's Yellow Dog -- 13 Beauty and Death as Simulacra in Ray Loriga's Caidos del cielo and El hombre que invento Manhattan -- 14 Sex, Drugs and Violence in Lucia Etxebarria's Amor, curiosidad, Prozac y dudas -- 15 On Human Parts: Orly Castel-Bloom and the Israeli Extreme -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
This book investigates a new form of fiction that is currently emerging in contemporary literature across the globe. 'Novels of the contemporary extreme' - from North and South America, from Europe, and the Middle East - are set in a world both similar to and different from our own: a hyper real, often apocalyptic world progressively invaded by popular culture, permeated with technology and dominated by destruction. While their writing is commonly classified as 'hip' or 'underground' literature, authors of contemporary extreme novels have often been the center of public controversy and scandal; they, and their work, become international bestsellers. This collection of essays identifies and describes this international phenomenon, investigating the appeal of these novels' styles and themes, the reasons behind their success, and the fierce debates they provoked
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Link Print version: Durand, Alain-Philippe Novels of the Contemporary Extreme London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,c2008 9781847062642
Subject Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.;Contemporary, The, in literature.;Violence in literature.;Popular culture in literature
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Alt Author Mandel, Naomi
Durand, Alain-Philippe
Mandel, Dr Naomi