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Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
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by Mark Z. Danielewski,Zampanò

  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 709
  • ISBN : 9780375703768
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries. A first novel. Original.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works
A Book

by Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones

  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 433
  • ISBN : 143812970X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work is an invaluable guide to the work of English-language fiction writers born since 1960. Coverage includes some of the most vital and appealing writers working today, such as Chang-rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers. Containing more than 200 entries written by literary scholars, this resource provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-Speaking literary world.

Placing America

Placing America
American Culture and its Spaces

by Michael Fuchs,Maria-Theresia Holub

  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release : 2014-03-31
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN : 3839420806
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In »Call Me Ishmael«, Charles Olson exclaims »SPACE to be the central fact to man born in America«. Indeed, from the start, history and identity in America have been intricately tied to issues of space: from the idea of the »city upon a hill« to the transnational (soft) power of the United States, space has always served as an important parameter of power gained or lost and of the struggles to maintain or resist it. With contributions that range from the construction of America in (European) academic discourses to children's fiction, this collection provides an extensive and insightful study of how space influences our understanding of America.

21st-Century Gothic

21st-Century Gothic
Great Gothic Novels Since 2000

by Danel Olson

  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Release : 2010-12-29
  • Pages : 710
  • ISBN : 9780810877290
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists, the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010.

Contemporary Gothic

Contemporary Gothic
A Book

by Catherine Spooner

  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release : 2007-02-01
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 1861895585
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Modern Gothic culture alternately fascinates, horrifies, or bewilders many of us. We cringe at pictures of Marilyn Manson, cheer for Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and try not to stare at the pierced and tattooed teens we pass on the streets. But what is it about this dark and morbidly morose aesthetic that fascinates us today? In Contemporary Gothic, Catherine Spooner probes the reasons behind the prevalence of the Gothic in popular culture and how it has inspired innovative new work in film, literature, music, and art. Spooner traces the emergence of the Gothic subculture over the past few decades and examines the various aspects of contemporary society that revolve around the grotesque, abject, and artificial. The Gothic is continually resituated in different spheres of culture, she reveals, as she explores the transplantation of the “street” Goth style to haute couture runway looks by fashion designers. The Gothic also appears in a number of surprisingly diverse representations, and Spoonerconsiders them all, from the artistic excesses of Jake and Dinos Chapman to the fashions of Alexander McQueen, and from the mind-bending films of David Lynch to the abnormal postmodern subjects of Joel-Peter Witkin’s photography. In an engaging way, Contemporary Gothic argues that this style ultimately balances a number of contradictions—the grotesque and incorporeal, authentic self-expression and campiness, mass popularity and cult appeal, comfort and outrage—and these contradictions make the Gothic a crucial expression of contemporary cultural currents. Whether seeking to understand the stories behind the TV show Supernatural or to extract deeper meanings from modern literature, Contemporary Gothic is a lively and virtually unparalleled study of the modern Gothic sensibility that pervades popular culture today.

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic
A Book

by Clive Bloom

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-07-10
  • Pages : 1253
  • ISBN : 3030331369
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“Simply put, there is absolutely nothing on the market with the range of ambition of this strikingly eclectic collection of essays. Not only is it impossible to imagine a more comprehensive view of the subject, most readers – even specialists in the subject – will find that there are elements of the Gothic genre here of which they were previously unaware.” - Barry Forshaw, Author of British Gothic Cinema and Sex and Film The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic is the most comprehensive compendium of analytic essays on the modern Gothic now available, covering the vast and highly significant period from 1918 to 2019. The Gothic sensibility, over 200 years old, embraces its dark past whilst anticipating the future. From demons and monsters to post- apocalyptic fears and ecological fantasies, Gothic is thriving as never before in the arts and in popular culture. This volume is made up of 62 comprehensive chapters with notes and extended bibliographies contributed by scholars from around the world. The chapters are written not only for those engaged in academic research but also to be accessible to students and dedicated followers of the genre. Each chapter is packed with analysis of the Gothic in both theory and practice, as the genre has mutated and spread over the last hundred years. Starting in 1918 with the impact of film on the genre's development, and moving through its many and varied international incarnations, each chapter chronicles the history of the gothic milieu from the movies to gaming platforms and internet memes, television and theatre. The volume also looks at how Gothic intersects with fashion, music and popular culture: a multi-layered, multi-ethnic, even a trans-gendered experience as we move into the twenty first century.

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural [Two Volumes]

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural [Two Volumes]
A Book

by S. T. Joshi

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 2006-12-01
  • Pages : 819
  • ISBN : 031308100X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Each entry discusses a type of monster or villian in horror, science fiction, or supernatural literature or films, providing a history of when it first appeared in the genre, criticism of its incarnations since, and what makes it so frightening.

Liminal Semiotics

Liminal Semiotics
Boundary Phenomena in Romanticism

by Melanie Maria Lörke

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release : 2013-10-24
  • Pages : 355
  • ISBN : 3050064536
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Grenzen, ihre Überschreitung, ihre Auflösung und ihre Wiederherstellung sind ein bisher nicht systematisch erforschtes Schlüsselkonzept für das Verständnis romantischer Literatur. Diese semiotisch-komparatistische Grundsatzstudie analysiert über drei Kulturräume hinweg vergleichend eine Vielfalt heterogener literarischer Entgrenzungsphänomene in der Romantik und entwickelt auf der Basis der romantischen Zeichentheorie ein Modell für die Analyse transepochaler Entgrenzungsphänomene. Dabei geht sie über bekannte Konzepte des paradoxen Subjekts hinaus, indem Entgrenzung als Interdependenz von Subjekt, Raum und Zeichen umfassend in detaillierten Lektüren literarischer Texte aus Deutschland, den USA und Großbritannien sowie in theoretischen Exkursen untersucht wird - von Novalis und Coleridge über Melville bis hin zu Deleuze und Guattari. Die Arbeit ist somit nicht nur ein Beitrag zur Romantikforschung, sondern lotet auch die methodologischen Möglichkeiten derselben neu aus. Die Studie wurde 2012 mit dem von der Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft der Freunde, Förderer und Ehemaligen der Freien Universität Berlin e.V. gestifteten Ernst-Reuter-Preis als herausragende und zukunftsweisende Promotionsarbeit ausgezeichnet. Boundaries constitute a key concept in Romanticism: their transgression, their elimination, but also their reconstruction. By analyzing the triad of sign, subject, and space, this study provides a comprehensive analysis of boundaries in German, English, and American Romanticism. Its trans-epochal approach reveals a shared dynamic of a multiplicity of heterogeneous boundary phenomena ranging from the late 18th century to postmodern Romantic texts and constructs a model for the examination of limits: a theory of a-limitation. The known concept of the transgressive Romantic subject is integrated into this triadic model whose primordial site of a-limitation, however, is the semiotics of Romanticism. With a creative theoretical design that allows the reader to survey readings of individual texts as well as broader theoretical frameworks, "Liminal Semiotics" offers a new perspective on a variety of literary texts and theories ranging from Novalis and Coleridge to Melville and finally to Deleuze and Guattari. The thesis was awarded the Ernst-Reuter-Prize 2012 for outstanding dissertations at Freie Universität Berlin.

Symbolism 15

Symbolism 15
[Special Focus – Headnotes, Footnotes, Endnotes]

by Rüdiger Ahrens,Klaus Stierstorfer

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2015-10-16
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 3110447819
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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While paratexts – among them headnotes, footnotes, or endnotes – have never been absent from American literature, the last two decades have seen an explosion of the phenomenon, including (mock) scholarly footnotes, to an extent that they seem to take over the text itself. In this Special Focus we shall attempt to find the reasons for this astonishing development. In our first (diachronic) section we shall explore such texts as might have fostered the present boom, from fictions by Edgar Allan Poe to Vladimir Nabokov to Mark Z. Danielewski. The second (synchronic) section, will concentrate on paratexts by David Foster Wallace, perhaps the “father” of the post-postmodern footnote, as well as those to be found in novels by Bennett Sims, Jennifer Egan and Junot Diaz, among others. It appears that, while paratexts definitely point to a high degree of self-reflexivity in the author, they equally draw attention to the textual and authorial functions of the works in which they exist. They can thus cause a reflection on the boundaries between genres like fiction, faction, and autobiography, as well as serving to highlight a host of pedagogical and social concerns that exist in the interstices between fiction and reality.

Truth and Metafiction

Truth and Metafiction
Plasticity and Renewal in American Narrative

by Josh Toth

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2020-12-10
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1501351745
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Metafiction has long been associated with the heyday of literary postmodernism-with a certain sense of irresponsibility, political apathy, or outright nihilism. Yet, if (as is now widely assumed) postmodernism has finally run its course, how might we account for the proliferation of metafictional devices in contemporary narrative media? Does this persistence undermine the claim that postmodernism has passed, or has the function of metafiction somehow changed? To answer these questions, Josh Toth considers a broad range of recent metafictional texts-bywriters such as George Saunders and Jennifer Egan and directors such as Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. At the same time, he traverses a diffuse theoretical landscape: from the rise of various new materialisms (in philosophy) and the turn to affect (in literary criticism) to the seemingly endless efforts to name postmodernism's ostensible successor. Ultimately, Toth argues that much contemporary metafiction moves beyond postmodern skepticism to reassert the possibility of making true claims about real things. Capable of combating a “post-truth” crisis, such forms assert or assume a kind of Hegelian plasticity; they actively and persistently confront the trauma of what is infinitely mutable, or perpetually other. What is outside or before a given representation is confirmed and endured as that which exceeds the instance of its capture. The truth is thereby renewed; neither denied nor simply assumed, it is approached as ethically as possible. Its plasticity is grasped because the grasp, the form of its narrative apprehension, lets slip.

Narrative and Becoming

Narrative and Becoming
A Book

by Ridvan Askin

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2016-08-04
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1474414575
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is narrative? Ridvan Askin brings together aesthetics, contemporary North American fiction, Gilles Deleuze, narrative theory and the recent speculative turn to answer this question. Through this process, he develops a transcendental empiricist concept of narrative. Askin argues against the established consensus of narrative theory for an understanding of narrative as fundamentally nonhuman, unconscious and expressive.

Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears [2 volumes]

Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears [2 volumes]
A Book

by Matt Cardin

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2017-09-21
  • Pages : 967
  • ISBN : 1440842027
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion

The Michigan Alumnus

The Michigan Alumnus
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : UM Libraries
  • Release : 1974
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In volumes1-8: the final number consists of the Commencement annual.

The Tribe of Pyn

The Tribe of Pyn
Literary Generations in the Postmodern Period

by David Cowart

  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 2015-12-02
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 0472052888
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Tribe of Pyn, Cowart offers illuminating readings of several important novelists now at the height of their powers, whose work has received fairly limited scholarly attention thus far. Jonathan Franzen, Alice Walker, David Foster Wallace, Gloria Naylor, Richard Powers, and a raft of others are examined with lapidary care. Wrestling with the challenges inherent to distinguishing generational character (especially in the postmodern context, which is often marked by its disavowal of ideas of origin, etc.), Cowart teases out interactions and entanglements that help illuminate the work of the younger writers at the center of this study and also that of the trailblazers on its ragged frontiers. By comparing literary figures born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and later with those born in the 1920s and 1930s, Cowart seeks to map the changing terrain of contemporary letters. Hardly epigones, he argues, the younger writers add fresh inflections to the grammar of literary postmodernism. Younger writers can continue to “make it new,” Cowart establishes, without needing to dismantle the aesthetic they have inherited from a parental generation.

Popular Ghosts

Popular Ghosts
The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture

by Maria del Pilar Blanco,Esther Peeren

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2010-04-01
  • Pages : 331
  • ISBN : 1441164014
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Located in the ambivalent realm between life and death, ghosts have always inspired cultural fascination as well as theoretical consideration.

Rewiring the Real

Rewiring the Real
In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo

by Mark C. Taylor

  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release : 2013-01-22
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0231160402
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines four American authors whose works include sophisticated representations of new media, communications, information and virtual technologies and their transformative effects on the self and society.

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture
Medium, Object, Metaphor

by Heike Schaefer,Alexander Starre

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-08-28
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 3030225453
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This essay collection explores the cultural functions the printed book performs in the digital age. It examines how the use of and attitude toward the book form have changed in light of the digital transformation of American media culture. Situated at the crossroads of American studies, literary studies, book studies, and media studies, these essays show that a sustained focus on the medial and material formats of literary communication significantly expands our accustomed ways of doing cultural studies. Addressing the changing roles of authors, publishers, and readers while covering multiple bookish formats such as artists’ books, bestselling novels, experimental fiction, and zines, this interdisciplinary volume introduces readers to current transatlantic conversations on the history and future of the printed book.

Visual Devices in Contemporary Prose Fiction

Visual Devices in Contemporary Prose Fiction
Gaps, Gestures, Images

by Simon Barton

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-01-26
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 1137467363
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book acknowledges that the reader of a novel looks at and sees the page before they begin to read any text placed upon it. Thus, any disruptions to how a traditional page 'should look' can have a large impact on the reading process. The book critically engages with the visual appearance of graphically innovative contemporary prose fiction.

American Literature

American Literature
A History

by Hans Bertens,Theo D'haen

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-11-12
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN : 1135104654
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This comprehensive history of American Literature traces its development from the earliest colonial writings of the late 1500s through to the present day. This lively, engaging and highly accessible guide: offers lucid discussions of all major influences and movements such as Puritanism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism and Postmodernism draws on the historical, cultural, and political contexts of key literary texts and authors covers the whole range of American literature: prose, poetry, theatre and experimental literature includes substantial sections on native and ethnic American literatures explains and contextualises major events, terms and figures in American history. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to situate their reading of American Literature in the appropriate religious, cultural, and political contexts.

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation
A Book

by Christy Desmet,Sujata Iyengar,Miriam Jacobson

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-09-04
  • Pages : 470
  • ISBN : 1351687522
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation brings together a variety of different voices to examine the ways that Shakespeare has been adapted and appropriated onto stage, screen, page, and a variety of digital formats. The thirty-nine chapters address topics such as trans- and intermedia performances; Shakespearean utopias and dystopias; the ethics of appropriation; and Shakespeare and global justice as guidance on how to approach the teaching of these topics. This collection brings into dialogue three very contemporary and relevant areas: the work of women and minority scholars; scholarship from developing countries; and innovative media renderings of Shakespeare. Each essay is clearly and accessibly written, but also draws on cutting edge research and theory. It includes two alternative table of contents, offering different pathways through the book – one regional, the other by medium – which open the book up to both teaching and research. Offering an overview and history of Shakespearean appropriations, as well as discussing contemporary issues and debates in the field, this book is the ultimate guide to this vibrant topic. It will be of use to anyone researching or studying Shakespeare, adaptation, and global appropriation.