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dc.contributor.authorCoffman, Christopher K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-11T19:09:54Z
dc.date.available2019-03-11T19:09:54Z
dc.identifier.citationChristopher K Coffman. "Feverish fictions: William T. Vollmann and American literary history after postmodernism." Textual Practice, pp. 1 - 18. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236x.2018.1509270
dc.identifier.issn0950-236X
dc.identifier.issn1470-1308
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/34265
dc.description.abstractThe rise of the New Sincerity in contemporary American fiction has largely been read on terms provided by a handful of early proponents. This article contends that more complex formulations of the notion are necessary if it is to remain useful as a descriptor for important qualities of recent texts. Among issues in need of greater attention are the implications of the New Sincerity for historical awareness, a topic I pursue via consideration of William T. Vollmann’s grappling with literary history. I argue that Vollmann’s works offer more than the pastiche that allegedly defined historical consciousness in postmodernist fiction. His intertextual engagements with Edgar Allan Poe are especially valuable for modelling some of the ways recent fictions bypass postmodernist ahistoricism in favor of connections to a usable past, and, especially, a usable literary tradition. Readings of Vollmann’s ‘The Grave of Lost Stories’ (in several editions) and ‘The Cemetery of the World’ show how he employs research in the textual archive as a figuration of relations to the past that can serve the ends of renewal and recovery.en_US
dc.format.extentp. 1 - 18en_US
dc.languageen
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_US
dc.relation.ispartofTextual Practice
dc.subjectLiterary studiesen_US
dc.subjectPoe, Edgar Allanen_US
dc.subjectVollmann, William T.en_US
dc.subjectArchiveen_US
dc.subjectLiterary historyen_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectGothicen_US
dc.subjectContemporary literatureen_US
dc.subjectNew Sincerityen_US
dc.titleFeverish fictions: William T. Vollmann and American literary history after postmodernismen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0950236x.2018.1509270
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: No embargoen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of General Studiesen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublished onlineen_US
dc.date.online2018-08-13
dc.date.online2018-08-13
dc.date.online2018-08-13
dc.date.online2018-08-13


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