Hybrid Fictions: American Literature and Generation X

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McFarland, Sep 30, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 207 pages
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Since the 1960s, academics have theorized that literature is on its way to becoming obsolete or, at the very least, has lost part of its power as an influential medium of social and cultural critique. This work argues against that misconception and maintains that contemporary American literature is not only alive and well but has grown in significant ways that reflect changes in American culture during the last twenty years. In addition, this work argues that beginning in the 1980s, a new, allied generation of American writers, born from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, has emerged, whose hybrid fiction blend distinct elements of previous American literary movements and contain divided social, cultural and ethnic allegiances. The author explores psychological, philosophical, ethnic and technological hybridity. The author also argues for the importance of and need for literature in contemporary America and considers its future possibilities in the realms of the Internet and hypertext. David Foster Wallace, Neal Stephenson, Douglas Coupland, Sherman Alexie, William Vollmann, Michele Serros and Dave Eggers are among the writers whose hybrid fictions are discussed.

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In this study of the current state of American literature, Grassian (English, Temple Univ.) makes a strong case for hybridity and eclecticism as its most distinctive features, combining aspects of ... Read full review


From Modernists to Gen Xers
Hybrid Desires
Hybrid Identities and Conflicting Relationships
Ethnic Hybridity
Hybrid Technologies
Hypertext the Internet and the Future of Printed Fiction

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Daniel Grassian is an associate professor of English and director of the School of English, Philosophy and Humanities at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

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