The Resource American literary minimalism, Robert C. Clark

American literary minimalism, Robert C. Clark

Label
American literary minimalism
Title
American literary minimalism
Statement of responsibility
Robert C. Clark
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Although a handful of books and articles have been written about American literary minimalism during the last forty years, the mode remains misunderstood. When in a 2011 interview in The Paris Review author Anne Beattie was asked how she felt about being "classed as a minimalist," she began her answer: "none of us have ever known what that means." Her response brings into focus the lack of agreement or clarity about the sources and definitions of literary minimalism. Robert C. Clark's American Literary Minimalism fills this significant gap. Clark demonstrates that, despite assertions by many scholars to the contrary, the movement originated in the aesthetic programs of the imagists and literary impressionists active at the turn of the twentieth century. The genre reflects the philosophy that "form is thought," and that style alone dictates whether a poem, story, or novel falls within the parameters of the tradition. The characteristics of minimalist fiction are efficiency, frequent use of allusion, and implication through omission. Organizing his analysis both chronologically and according to lines of influence, Clark offers a definition of the mode, describes its early stages, and then explores six works that reflect its core characteristics: Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time; Raymond Carver's Cathedral; Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City; Susan Minot's Monkeys; Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo; and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In his conclusion, Clark discusses the ongoing evolution of the category. "--
  • "Many of the authors Robert Clark discusses have yet to be recognized for their individual contributions to the emergence and continuing vitality of the movement. School of Images is organized based on chronology and lines of influence. In the introduction, Clark offers a definition of the mode and then describes its early stages. He then explores six works that reflect the core characteristics of the mode: Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, Raymond Carver's Cathedral, Susan Minot's Monkeys, Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In the conclusion, he discusses contemporary authors and filmmakers whose work represents the ongoing evolution of the category"--
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DLC
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1976-
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Clark, Robert C.
Dewey number
810.9/11
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS 366 .M55 C53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Minimalism (Literature)
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • American literature
  • Minimalism (Literature)
  • United States
Label
American literary minimalism, Robert C. Clark
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9780817318277
Lccn
2014023607
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881208705
  • (OCoLC)ocn881208705
Label
American literary minimalism, Robert C. Clark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9780817318277
Lccn
2014023607
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881208705
  • (OCoLC)ocn881208705

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