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The Resource The prestige of violence : American fiction, 1962-2007, Sally Bachner

The prestige of violence : American fiction, 1962-2007, Sally Bachner

Label
The prestige of violence : American fiction, 1962-2007
Title
The prestige of violence
Title remainder
American fiction, 1962-2007
Statement of responsibility
Sally Bachner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Member of
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bachner, Sally
Dewey number
813/.5209
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.V58
LC item number
B33 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Violence in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Violence in literature
Summary expansion
In The Prestige of ViolenceSally Bachner argues that, starting in the 1960s, American fiction laid claim to the status of serious literature by placing violence at the heart of its mission and then insisting that this violence could not be represented.Bachner demonstrates how many of the most influential novels of this period are united by the dramatic opposition they draw between a debased and untrustworthy conventional language, on the one hand, and a violence that appears to be prelinguistic and unquestionable, on the other. Genocide, terrorism, war, torture, slavery, rape, and murder are major themes, yet the writers insist that such events are unspeakable. Bachner takes issue with the claim made within trauma studies that history is the site of violent trauma inaccessible to ordinary representation. Instead, she argues, both trauma studies and the fiction to which it responds institutionalize an inability to address violence.Examining such works as Vladimir NabokovsPale Fire, Thomas Pynchons The Crying of Lot 49, Norman Mailers Armies of the Night, Margaret Atwoods Surfacing, and Philip Roths The Plot Against America, Bachner locates the postwar prestige of violence in the disjunction between the privileged security of wealthier Americans and the violence perpetrated by the United States abroad. The literary investment in unspeakable and often immaterial violence emerges in Bachners readings as a complex and ideologically varied literary solution to the political geography of violence in our time
Label
The prestige of violence : American fiction, 1962-2007, Sally Bachner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The prestige of violence: American fiction, 1962-2007 -- Zembla in The New York Times: Pale fire's historical violence -- Monks and "The mind of Watts": Vietnam in The crying of Lot 49 -- Americanizing Vietnam in Mailer's The armies of the night -- Veterans of sex: feminist fiction and the rise of PTSD -- "Words generally only spoil things": fantasy, testimony, and trauma in the work of Philip Roth -- "The hammers striking the page": Don DeLillo and the violent politics of language -- After the aftermath: American fiction since 2007
Control code
756280802
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 172 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283252911
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
ebc3039038
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt3q417d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)756280802
Label
The prestige of violence : American fiction, 1962-2007, Sally Bachner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The prestige of violence: American fiction, 1962-2007 -- Zembla in The New York Times: Pale fire's historical violence -- Monks and "The mind of Watts": Vietnam in The crying of Lot 49 -- Americanizing Vietnam in Mailer's The armies of the night -- Veterans of sex: feminist fiction and the rise of PTSD -- "Words generally only spoil things": fantasy, testimony, and trauma in the work of Philip Roth -- "The hammers striking the page": Don DeLillo and the violent politics of language -- After the aftermath: American fiction since 2007
Control code
756280802
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 172 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283252911
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
ebc3039038
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt3q417d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)756280802

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