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By William H. Gass

ISBN-10: 0307262863

ISBN-13: 9780307262868

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, A Temple of Texts is the newest serious assortment from one in every of America's maximum essayists and novelists. right here, William H. Gass can pay homage to the readerly part of the literary adventure through turning his severe sensibility upon the entire books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and individual.

With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a set of severe explorations as exceptional and incisive as readers have come to count on from this literary grasp, but additionally a shockingly own window into the author's personal literary improvement.

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After their apprentice fictions, Franzen, Powers, and Wallace produced their first major works in the 1990s in the midst of the debates over the end of postmodernism that I traced earlier in this chapter. What was surely notable in these debates was that so many critical efforts to mark the end of the movement identified metafiction as the malignant tissue within the flesh of the postmodern novel. However the concept of metafiction was treated by different critics, the reaction against self-referring postmodernism is absolutely the atmosphere within which the post-postmodern writer works.

Some of these inflections seem to be more important to specific writers than others. S. arts” (694), which he implicitly suggests is the attitude that prevents us from encountering people “being really human” (695) in postmodern fiction. For Franzen, however, I offer a more developed account of how The Corrections might map onto specific postmodern debates about character in Chapter 5, an account that suggests that Franzen’s attitude is more ambivalent than earlier critics have detected. But, in spite of individual distinctions, some foundational work describing larger generational overlaps and divergences can be outlined here.

He recalled Jammu’s first incarnation in this play in an interview in 1988: It was just an absurd, long, anachronistic comedy-mystery . . but there was a police inspector named Jammu, who was male at the time, and a while later I had the idea of putting this character, whom we all had liked, into a story set in St. Louis. The idea basically started with the collision of this character, this strange Indian police officer, with what in my mind is a pretty ordinary Midwestern city. 6 Franzen’s remembers it as an intellectually challenging environment, noting that his first paper for an English class was written for Professor Chuck James who deemed his work to only merit a C+.

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