Writing at the Limit: The Novel in the New Media Ecology

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U of Nebraska Press, May 1, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 376 pages
While some cultural critics are pronouncing the death of the novel, a whole generation of novelists have turned to other media with curiosity rather than fear. These novelists are not simply incorporating references to other media into their work for the sake of verisimilitude, they are also engaging precisely such media as a way of talking about what it means to write and read narrative in a society filled with stories told outside the print medium.
By examining how some of our best fiction writers have taken up the challenge of film, television, video games, and hypertext, Daniel Punday offers an enlightening look into the current status of such fundamental narrative concepts as character, plot, and setting. He considers well-known postmodernists like Thomas Pynchon and Robert Coover, more-accessible authors like Maxine Hong Kingston and Oscar Hijuelos, and unjustly overlooked writers like Susan Daitch and Kenneth Gangemi, and asks how their works investigate the nature and limits of print as a medium for storytelling.
Writing at the Limit explores how novelists locate print writing within the contemporary media ecology, and what it really means to be writing at print?s media limit.
 

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Contents

The Rhetorical Construction of Media Ecologies
1
1 Multimedia Moments Old and New
43
2 Story Discourse and Circulation
81
3 Defining the Vocation of the Novel through Narrative Elements
112
4 Writing Beyond the Media Limit?
153
5 Negotiating Public and Private Spaces
204
Connection through Limits and the Myth of Media Fullness
235
Notes
239
Bibliography
249
Index
261
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Daniel Punday is a professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue University?Calumet. His most recent books are Five Strands of Fictionality: The Institutional Construction of Contemporary American Fiction and Narrative Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Narratology.

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