Author :Timothy W. Galow Publisher :Univ of South Carolina Press Release Date :2014-11-12 ISBN 10 :9781611174281 Pages :152 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.7/5 (428 users download)
Summary Book Review Understanding Dave Eggers by Timothy W. Galow:
Download or read book Understanding Dave Eggers written by Timothy W. Galow and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2014-11-12 with total page 152 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Understanding Dave Eggers is the first book-length study incorporating Egger’s novels, short-story collections, and films by surveying thematic and stylistic developments in the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century. Timothy W. Galow offers a textual analysis centered on major issues in academic scholarship, but explores them in an accessible way that gives Eggers’s texts primary attention. Unlike other scholarship on Eggers, this work uniquely combines Egger’s early autobiographical works and the subject of celebrity as well as his later texts that deal with humanitarian issues. Galow devotes a chapter to each of Eggers’s major works, from his first book, the Pulitzer Prize–nominated memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though his most recent novel, A Hologram for the King, a National Book Award finalist about an aging American businessman chasing success in Saudi Arabia. Other chapters cover You Shall Know Our Velocity, What Is the What, and Zeitoun. Each chapter studies the major themes and styles of the featured work while also placing it in the context of Eggers’s oeuvre. In this way Galow examines each text in its own right, but he also offers us a larger guide to all of Egger’s work. Providing important historical background for understanding Eggers’s literary work, Galow examines how Eggers’s texts are deeply invested in both his own public persona and the changing cultural conditions in the United States over the past twenty years. Galow’s careful analysis is conveyed in clear language that engages issues important to contemporary critics without being pedantic or jargon laden. As a result Understanding Dave Eggers can serve as a useful introduction to the author’s work or a valuable resource for the devoted reader.
Summary Book Review Understanding Dave Eggers by Timothy W. Galow:
Download or read book Understanding Dave Eggers written by Timothy W. Galow and published by . This book was released on 2014-12-09 with total page 136 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first book-length study of the life and writings of the award-winning author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Summary Book Review Understanding David Foster Wallace by Marshall Boswell:
Download or read book Understanding David Foster Wallace written by Marshall Boswell and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2020-09-30 with total page 184 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Since its publication in 2003, Understanding David Foster Wallace has served as an accessible introduction to the rich array of themes and formal innovations that have made Wallace's fiction so popular and influential. A seminal text in the burgeoning field of David Foster Wallace studies, the original edition of Understanding David Foster Wallace was nevertheless incomplete as it addressed only his first four works of fiction—namely the novels The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest and the story collections Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. This revised edition adds two new chapters covering his final story collection, Oblivion, and his posthumous novel, The Pale King. Tracing Wallace's relationship to modernism and postmodernism, this volume provides close readings of all his major works of fiction. Although critics sometimes label Wallace a postmodern writer, Boswell argues that he should be regarded as the nervous leader of some still-unnamed (and perhaps unnamable) third wave of modernism. In charting a new direction for literary practice, Wallace does not seek to overturn postmodernism, nor does he call for a return to modernism. Rather his work moves resolutely forward while hoisting the baggage of modernism and postmodernism heavily, but respectfully, on its back. Like the books that serve as its primary subject, Boswell's study directly confronts such arcane issues as postmodernism, information theory, semiotics, the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and poststructuralism, yet it does so in a way that is comprehensible to a wide and general readership—the very same readership that has enthusiastically embraced Wallace's challenging yet entertaining and redemptive fiction.
Summary Book Review History and Hope in American Literature by Ben Railton:
Download or read book History and Hope in American Literature written by Ben Railton and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-11-10 with total page 174 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Through the examination of literary works by twentieth and twenty-first century American authors, this book shows how literature can allow us to cope with difficult periods of history (slavery, the Great Depression, the AIDS crisis, etc.) and give hope for a brighter future when those realities are confronted head-on.
Summary Book Review Representing (Post)Human Enhancement Technologies in Twenty-First Century US Fiction by Carmen Laguarta-Bueno:
Download or read book Representing (Post)Human Enhancement Technologies in Twenty-First Century US Fiction written by Carmen Laguarta-Bueno and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-10-07 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This work studies three twenty-first century novels by Richard Powers, Dave Eggers and Don DeLillo as representative of a new trend of US fiction concerned with the topic of the technological augmentation of the human condition. The different chapters provide, from the double perspective of the optimistic transhumanist philosophy and the more balanced approach of critical posthumanism, an overview of the narrative strategies used by the writers to explore the possibilities that biotechnology, digital technologies and cryonics open up to transcend our human limitations, while also warning their readers of their most nefarious consequences. Ultimately, the book puts forward the claim that even if the writers approach the subject from a variety of perspectives and using different narrative styles and techniques, they all share a critical posthumanist fear that an unrestrained and unquestioned use of technology for enhancement purposes may bring about disembodiment and dehumanization.
Summary Book Review Understanding the Global Experience by Thomas Arcaro:
Download or read book Understanding the Global Experience written by Thomas Arcaro and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-03-22 with total page 334 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First Published in 2016. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.
Summary Book Review Absent Rebels: Criticism and Network Power in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction by Annika Gonnermann:
Download or read book Absent Rebels: Criticism and Network Power in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction written by Annika Gonnermann and published by Narr Francke Attempto Verlag. This book was released on 2021-04-19 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Absent Rebels: Criticism and Network Power in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction focuses on the relationship between literary dystopia, network power and neoliberalism, explaining why rebellion against a dystopian system is absent in so many contemporary dystopian novels. Also, this book helps readers understand modern power mechanisms and shows ways how to overcome them in our own daily lives.
Summary Book Review The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine by Tim Lanzendörfer:
Download or read book The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine written by Tim Lanzendörfer and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-12-31 with total page 470 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Encompassing a broad definition of the topic, this Companion provides a survey of the literary magazine from its earliest days to the contemporary moment. It offers a comprehensive theorization of the literary magazine in the wake of developments in periodical studies in the last decade, bringing together a wide variety of approaches and concerns. With its distinctive chronological and geographical scope, this volume sheds new light on the possibilities and difficulties of the concept of the literary magazine, balancing a comprehensive overview of key themes and examples with greater attention to new approaches to magazine research. Divided into three main sections, this book offers: • Theory—it investigates definitions and limits of what a literary magazine is and what it does. • History and regionalism—a very broad historical and geographic sweep draws new connections and offers expanded definitions. • Case studies—these range from key modernist little magazines and the popular middlebrow to pulp fiction, comics, and digital ventures, widening the ambit of the literary magazine. The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine offers new and unforeseen cross-connections across the long history of literary periodicals, highlighting the ways in which it allows us to trace such ideas as the “literary” as well as notions of what magazines do in a culture.
Summary Book Review Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer by Allard den Dulk:
Download or read book Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer written by Allard den Dulk and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-12-18 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.
Summary Book Review Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context [4 volumes] by Linda De Roche:
Download or read book Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context [4 volumes] written by Linda De Roche and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2021-06-30 with total page 1348 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This four-volume reference work surveys American literature from the early 20th century to the present day, featuring a diverse range of American works and authors and an expansive selection of primary source materials. Bringing useful and engaging material into the classroom, this four-volume set covers more than a century of American literary history—from 1900 to the present. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context profiles authors and their works and provides overviews of literary movements and genres through which readers will understand the historical, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped American writing. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context provides wide coverage of authors, works, genres, and movements that are emblematic of the diversity of modern America. Not only are major literary movements represented, such as the Beats, but this work also highlights the emergence and development of modern Native American literature, African American literature, and other representative groups that showcase the diversity of American letters. A rich selection of primary documents and background material provides indispensable information for student research. Covers significant authors, as well as those neglected by history, and their works from major historical and cultural periods of the last century, including authors writing today Situates authors' works not only within their own canon but also with the historical and cultural context of the U.S. more broadly Positions primary documents after specific authors or works, allowing readers to read excerpts critically in light of the entries Examines literary movements, forms, and genres that also pay special attention to multi-ethnic and women writers
Summary Book Review Dystopian States of America: Apocalyptic Visions and Warnings in Literature and Film by Matthew B. Hill:
Download or read book Dystopian States of America: Apocalyptic Visions and Warnings in Literature and Film written by Matthew B. Hill and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2022-09-30 with total page 393 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Dystopian States of America is a crucial resource that studies the impact of dystopian works on American society—including ways in which they reflect our deep and persistent fears about environmental calamities, authoritarian governments, invasive technologies, and human weakness.
Summary Book Review Conversations with Dave Eggers by Scott F. Parker:
Download or read book Conversations with Dave Eggers written by Scott F. Parker and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2022-01-17 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It’s been barely twenty years since Dave Eggers (b. 1970) burst onto the American literary scene with the publication of his memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. In that time, he has gone on to publish several books of fiction, a few more books of nonfiction, a dozen books for children, and many harder-to-classify works. In addition to his authorship, Eggers has established himself as an influential publisher, editor, and designer. He has also founded a publishing company, McSweeney’s; two magazines, Might and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern; and several nonprofit organizations. This whirlwind of productivity, within publishing and beyond, gives Eggers a unique standing among American writers: jack of all trades, master of same. The interviews contained in Conversations with Dave Eggers suggest the range of Eggers’s pursuits—a range that is reflected in the variety of the interviews themselves. In addition to the expected interviews with major publications, Eggers engages here with obscure magazines and blogs, trade publications, international publications, student publications, and children from a mentoring program run by one of his nonprofits. To read the interviews in sequence is to witness Eggers’s rapid evolution. The cultural hysteria around Eggers’s memoir and his complicated relationship with celebrity are clear in many of the earlier interviews. From there, as the buzz around him mellows, Eggers responds in kind, allowing writing and his other endeavors to come to the fore of his conversations. Together, these interviews provide valuable insight into a driving force in contemporary American literature.
Summary Book Review The Value of the Novel by Peter Boxall:
Download or read book The Value of the Novel written by Peter Boxall and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2015-09-09 with total page 167 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Value of the Novel offers a reappraisal of the political and literary value of the novel as a genre.
Download or read book Dystopia written by Gregory Claeys and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2017 with total page 569 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first monograph devoted to the concept of dystopia: redefining the central concepts and chronology of the genre, and offering a theoretical overview and prehistory of the concept; an account of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes as dystopias; and a brief history of the literary dystopia from the early nineteenth century to the present.
Author :Herta Nagl-Docekal Publisher :Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG Release Date :2022-04-04 ISBN 10 :9783110770216 Pages :335 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.7/5 (21 users download)
Summary Book Review Artificial Intelligence and Human Enhancement by Herta Nagl-Docekal:
Download or read book Artificial Intelligence and Human Enhancement written by Herta Nagl-Docekal and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2022-04-04 with total page 335 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Seit 2014 erscheinen die Bände der renommierten Wiener Reihe bei De Gruyter. Das äußere Layout der Bände wurde modernisiert, inhaltlich und personell jedoch ist das Profil der seit mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten erscheinenden Buchreihe von Kontinuität geprägt. Die Bände sind jeweils einer aktuellen philosophischen Fragestellung gewidmet. Eine internationale Autorenschaft und die Veröffentlichung fremdsprachiger Beiträge sind Elemente des Programms. Die Reihe will dazu beitragen, dogmatische Abgrenzungen zwischen philosophischen Schulen und Traditionen abzubauen.
Summary Book Review The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism by Linda Wagner-Martin:
Download or read book The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism written by Linda Wagner-Martin and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-10-03 with total page 170 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism offers readers a fresh, insightful overview to all genres of postmodern writing. Drawing on a variety of works from not only mainstream authors but also those that are arguably unconventional, renowned scholar Linda Wagner-Martin gives the reader a solid framework and foundation to reading, understanding, and appreciating postmodern literature since its inception through the present day.
Summary Book Review Flat-World Fiction by Liliana M. Naydan:
Download or read book Flat-World Fiction written by Liliana M. Naydan and published by University of Georgia Press. This book was released on 2021-12-15 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Flat-World Fiction analyzes representations of digital technology and the social and ethical concerns it creates in mainstream literary American fiction and fiction written about the United States in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. In this period, authors such as Don DeLillo, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mohsin Hamid, Thomas Pynchon, Kristen Roupenian, Gary Shteyngart, and Zadie Smith found themselves not only implicated in the developing digital world of flat screens but also threatened by it, while simultaneously attempting to critique it. As a result, their texts explore how human relationships with digital devices and media transform human identity and human relationships with one another, history, divinity, capitalism, and nationality. Liliana M. Naydan walks us through these complex relationships, revealing how authors show through their fiction that technology is political. In the process, these authors complement and expand on work by historians, philosophers, and social scientists, creating accessible, literary road maps to our digital future.