Crystals out of chaos: John Hawkes and the shapes of apocalypse
This book focuses on the apocalyptic and totalizing imagination in the novels of John Hawkes, from The Cannibal to Sweet William. The authorial desire to impose the order of art on the resisting materials of time, history, sexuality, and death is examined in the context of a sensibility deeply concerned with beginnings, endings, and the chaos between.
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aesthetic Alaska Alex Allert ambiguous apocalyptic apocalyptic desire argues assertion attempt authority autobiography Barthes Baudrillard becomes beginning Blood Oranges body Cannibal child confrontation Cyril daughter dead death dream echo erotic eyes failure father female feminine fiction final Fiona flesh Georges Bataille Gilles Deleuze Hawkes's Honorine horror Hugh Hugh's Ibid imagination innocence Interview Jake Jake's John Hawkes John Hawkes's Kermode landscape London M. H. Abrams male Marcabru masculine metaphor Michael Miranda mirror mother myth narrative narrator novel Old Horse Papa Papa's paradox Passion Artist photograph play pleasure points pornographic postmodern reality repetition reprint revelation revenge rewriting Roland Barthes scene Second Skin secret seduction Seigneur sense sexual Skipper Slyter speaks story Stubbs suggests suicide Sunny Sunny's Susan Sontag Sweet William tells terror tion trans Travesty University Press Virginie Virginie's vision voice Vost Vost's Walter Ong Whistlejacket woman women word writing York Zizendorf