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Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English

Art of Crisis, 1st Edition

By Wojciech Drag


248 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis considers the phenomenon of the continued relevance of collage, a form established over a hundred years ago, to contemporary literature. It argues that collage is a perfect artistic vehicle to represent the crisis-ridden reality of the twenty-first-century. Being a mixture of fragmentary incompatible voices, collage embodies the chaos of the media-dominated world. Examining the artistic, sociopolitical and personal crises addressed in contemporary collage literature, the book argues that the 21st Century has brought a revival of collage-like novels and essays.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Madly in Love with Crisis: Collage Literature Today

Chapter One: Theory and Practice of Collage

Part I. Art in Crisis

Chapter Two: “Why Is Author So Damnably Tired?”: David Markson’s Reader’s Block Tetralogy

Chapter Three: Manifestos for “Reality-Based” Art: David Shields’s Reality Hunger And How Literature Saved My Life

Part II. Society in Crisis

Chapter Four: It’s the End of the World As We Know It: Lance Olsen’s Sewing Shut My Eyes, Head in Flames and Dreamlives of Debris

Chapter Five: When We Were Human: Steve Tomasula’s VAS: An Opera in Flatland and The Book of Portraiture

Part III. The Self in Crisis

Chapter Six: I’m Every Wo/man, Guaranteed One Hundred Per Cent Genuine!: Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World

Chapter Seven: Diaries of Bad Years: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation

Conclusion: Collage Is Here to Stay Works Cited

About the Author

Wojciech Drag (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wroclaw in Poland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART / Mixed Media
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century