Textermination: A Novel

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New Directions Publishing, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 182 pages
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In her latest novel, Textermination, the eminent British novelist/critic Christine Brooke-Rose pulls a wide array of characters out of the great works of literature and drops them into the middle of the San Francisco Hilton. Emma Bovary, Emma Woodhouse, Captain Ahab, Odysseus, Huck Finn... all are gathered for the Annual Convention of Prayer for Being, to meet, to discuss, to pray for their continued existence in the mind of the modern reader. But what begins as a grand enterprise erupts into total pandemonium: with characters from different times, places, and genres all battling for respect and asserting their own hard-won fame and reputations. Dealing with such topical literary issues as deconstruction, multiculturalism, and the Salman Rushdie affair, this wild and humorous satire pokes fun at the academy and ultimately brings into question the value of determining a literary canon at all.

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User Review  - Ben Winch - Goodreads

Unless I'm missing something this is a frivolous, bubbly entertainment written by a (possibly) master craftsperson evidently at full speed. It's fun, it flows, there's some neat turns of phrase (the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan Norton - Goodreads

In which CB-R draws down the curtain on the pantomime of academic postmodernism in Eng.Lit. in the 80s... except it carried on anyway in to the 90s. But never mind. This is in the same parodic vein of ... Read full review

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Christine Brooke-Rose, formerly a professor at the Universite de Paris, and now retired, lives in France. She is the author of several works of literary criticism and a number of novels, including Amalgamemnon and Xorander.

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