Into The Tunnel: Readings of Gass's Novel

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Steven G. Kellman, Irving Malin
University of Delaware Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 172 pages
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During its twenty-five years as a work-in-progress, William H. Gass's mammoth magnum opus became a legend of the literary world, the Sasquatch of contemporary American fiction. Along with an included interview with the author, the contributors to this study help situate Gass's challenging narrative within the remarkable career of a notable philosopher, essayist, and author of fiction. Contributors examine the book's quarrel with history, its engagement with issues of ethics and aesthetics, its representation of personality, its distinctive style and structure, its sophisticated metafictional texture, along with much else. What is going on in The Tunnel is not always immediately apparent, but the essays included in here tease out its secrets and concentrate our attention on details of an exasperating and exhilarating literary achievement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
AntiIntroduction
11
Interview with William H Gass
12
Gasss Hamlet
21
Boring Through The Tunnel
30
An American Faust
36
Complexity Simplicity and The Tunnel
53
Sweets and the Remembrance of Things Gass
63
Salman Rushdie William Kohler and the Writer as Hostage in The Tunnel
84
Beauty and the Beastly in William Gasss The Tunnel
90
The Nightmare of Relation
97
Guilt and Innocence in The Tunnel
118
Minding Words
128
Like
136
Notes on Contributors
165
Index
167

Is There Light at the End of The Tunnel?
71

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Steven G. Kellman teaches English at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is the co-author of Into the Tunnel: Readings of Gass's Novel, a study of poet William Gass.

Irving MaIin is a member of the faculty of City College of New York.

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