Download PDF by Kathryn Hume: Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

By Kathryn Hume

ISBN-10: 0801450012

ISBN-13: 9780801450013

A widespread criticism opposed to modern American fiction is that too usually it places off readers in methods they locate tough to fathom. Books similar to Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, and Don DeLillo's Underworld look decided to disenchanted, disgust, or annoy their readers-or to disorient them via shunning conventional plot styles and personality improvement. Kathryn Hume calls such works "aggressive fiction." Why might authors danger alienating their readers-and why should still readers persevere? having a look past the theory-based justifications that critics usually offer for such fiction, Hume deals a common sense consultant for the common reader who desires to larger comprehend and delight in books that would another way look tricky to enjoy.

In her trustworthy and sympathetic consultant, Hume considers approximately 40 works of contemporary American fiction, together with books through William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Chuck Palahniuk, and Cormac McCarthy. Hume gathers "attacks" at the reader into different types in keeping with narrative constitution and content material. Writers of a few competitive fictions may need to frustrate effortless interpretation or feedback. Others might try and result in sure responses in readers. severe content material deployed as a tactic for distancing and alienating can truly produce a contradictory influence: for readers who learn how to chill out and float, the end result may be pleasure instead of revulsion.

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