Robert Coover: A Study of the Short Fiction Thomas E. Kennedy

ISBN: 9780805783476

Published: July 1st 1992

Hardcover

153 pages


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Robert Coover: A Study of the Short Fiction  by  Thomas E. Kennedy

Robert Coover: A Study of the Short Fiction by Thomas E. Kennedy
July 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 153 pages | ISBN: 9780805783476 | 3.55 Mb

In company with John Barth and Donald Barthelme, Robert Coover is among the best-known and acclaimed experimental writers to emerge from the 1960s. While Truman Capote and Norman Mailer embraced realism, borrowing techniques from journalism andMoreIn company with John Barth and Donald Barthelme, Robert Coover is among the best-known and acclaimed experimental writers to emerge from the 1960s.

While Truman Capote and Norman Mailer embraced realism, borrowing techniques from journalism and fiction writing to create In Cold Blood and Armies of the Night, Coover and his ilk took the opposite path, invoking the surreal and the fantastic to convey the complex nature of human experience.

Wedding the vulgar and the sublime, favoring process over content, Barths Lost in the Funhouse, Barthelmes Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts, and Coovers Pricksongs & Descants for a time derailed American fiction from its traditional course of linearity and social realism. Coovers role in this revolt has been viewed largely from the vantage point of his full-scale works. Primarily a novelist, he has received relatively little attention for his short fiction. Some critics may argue that his greatest work is represented in his novels, especially The Public Burning- in Robert Coover: A Study of the Short Fiction, Thomas E.

Kennedy suggests that Coovers short fiction represents his most wonderous work. The stories in Pricksongs and Descants, Coovers first collection, are reminiscent of Grimms fairy tales, Kennedy writes, combining the real and surreal to create a series of increasingly mythical, symbolic, often terrifying occurrences. Finding fantasy, myth, love story, soap opera, slapstick comedy, parable, daydream, and nightmare, Kennedy offers a comprehensive analysis of the stories in Pricksongs & Descants and the two collections that followed: In Bed One Night & Other Brief Encounters and A Night at the Movies.

Interviews with Coover--one conducted by Kennedy specifically for this volume--feature Coovers ideas on a wide range of topics, including technique, playwriting and screenwriting, neoconservatism, and the writing process. William Gasss historic review of Pricksongs and Descants is reprinted here, along wi



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