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The Resource Understanding Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Luter

Understanding Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Luter

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Understanding Jonathan Lethem
Title
Understanding Jonathan Lethem
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Matthew Luter
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eng
Summary
"Understanding Jonathan Lethem is a study of the novels, short fiction, and nonfiction on a wide range of subjects in the arts by American novelist Jonathan Lethem, who is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for Motherless Brooklyn, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel for Gun, with Occasional Music. Matthew Luter explores the key contemporaries of and influences on Lethem, who is the Roy Edward Disney Professor of Creative Writing at Pomona College. Luter begins this volume by explaining how Lethem's innovative and provocative essay on creative appropriation "The Ecstasy of Influence" differs from other writing about influence, suggesting an artistic mode that celebrates thoughtful borrowing. Readings of Lethem's three major novels follow: taken together, Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City present a novelist coming to terms with the joys and downsides of artistic influence. Motherless Brooklyn pays tribute to and subverts traditional hardboiled detective novels as Lethem plays with the conventions of a favorite (and influential) genre. Fortress dwells obsessively on appreciation and criticism of influential art, as Lethem's main character spends a lifetime contemplating the complexities of the art he loves, interrogating his own reactions to it, and thinking through the political implications of the ways he has been influenced by that which he consumes. Chronic City depicts the cost of fandom and the dangers of giving over too much of oneself to the art that one loves, dramatized via a character brought nearly to ruin not by the demands of artistic creation, but by obsessive cultural consumption. Borrowing openly and promiscuously from earlier traditions both high and low (experimental fiction, comic books, art film, detective novels), Lethem displays a career-long interest in questioning what literary originality might mean in a postmodern age. Some suggest that such borrowings indicate a literary well that has run dry, making writers such as Lethem mere patchwork artists. Luter argues instead that Lethem's propensity for wearing his influences and obsessions on his sleeve encourages new thought about originality itself. Out with "it's all been done" and in with "look at all that's been done, and all that we can still do with it!""--
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Luter, Matthew
Dewey number
813/.54
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Index
index present
LC call number
PS3562.E8544
LC item number
Z75 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Understanding contemporary American literature
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  • Lethem, Jonathan
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Lethem, Jonathan
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Understanding Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Luter
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http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1337/2923574/image/lgcover.9781611175127.jpg
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-121) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding Jonathan Lethem -- Chapter 2. Motherless Brooklyn: self-aware influence and stylized genre -- Chapter 3. The Fortress of Solitude: experience and interpretation -- Chapter 4. Chronic City: ecstatic appreciation and its discontents -- Chapter 5. Recent Lethem: the critic and the realist
Control code
ocn893455814
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
126 pages
Isbn
9781611175134
Lccn
2015010048
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • (OCoLC)893455814
  • (Sirsi) a1985171
Label
Understanding Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Luter
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1337/2923574/image/lgcover.9781611175127.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-121) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding Jonathan Lethem -- Chapter 2. Motherless Brooklyn: self-aware influence and stylized genre -- Chapter 3. The Fortress of Solitude: experience and interpretation -- Chapter 4. Chronic City: ecstatic appreciation and its discontents -- Chapter 5. Recent Lethem: the critic and the realist
Control code
ocn893455814
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
126 pages
Isbn
9781611175134
Lccn
2015010048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893455814
  • (Sirsi) a1985171

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