Novels of the contemporary extreme edited by Alain-Philippe Durand and Naomi Mandel.

London New York Continuum 2006.
1 online resource (191 p.)
Continuum literary studies.
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Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Contemporary, The, in literature.
Violence in literature.
Popular culture in literature.
This book investigates a new form of fiction that is currently emerging in contemporary literature across the globe. 'Novels of the contemporary extreme' - from North and South America, from Europe, and the Middle East - are set in a world both similar to and different from our own: a hyper real, often apocalyptic world progressively invaded by popular culture, permeated with technology and dominated by destruction. While their writing is commonly classified as 'hip' or 'underground' literature, authors of contemporary extreme novels have often been the center of public controversy and scandal; they, and their work, become international bestsellers. This collection of essays identifies and describes this international phenomenon, investigating the appeal of these novels' styles and themes, the reasons behind their success, and the fierce debates they provoked
Part I. The Americas. "Right here in nowheres": American psycho and violence's critique / Naomi Mandel
Telling doubles and literal-minded reading in Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama / Henrik Skov Nielsen
Posthumous voice and residual presence in Don DeLillo's The body artist / Mikko Keskinen
A post-apocalyptic world: the excremental, abject female warriors of Josee Yvon / Paula Ruth Gilbert with Colleen Lester
On the impossibility of being contemporary in Nelly Arcan's Folle / Martine Delvaux
Media-portrayed violence in Alberto Fuguet's Tinta roja / Jason Summers
Part II. Europe and the Middle East. Sadomasochism, castration and rape: Richard Morgieve's nightmare theater of primal scenes / Ralph Schoolcraft
Dantec's Inferno / Lawrence R. Schehr
Michel Houellebecq: a fin de siecle for the twentieth century / Sabine van Wesemael
Beyond the extreme: Frederic Beigbeder's Windows on the world / Alain-Philippe Durand
Amelie Nothomb's dialectic of the sublime and the grotesque / Martine Guyot-Bender
Violence biting its own tail: Martin Amis's Yellow dog / Jean-Michel Ganteau
Beauty and death as simulacra in Ray Loriga's Caidos del cielo and El hombre que invento Manhattan / Kathryn Everly
Sex, drugs and violence in Lucia Etxebarria's Amor, curiosidad, Prozac y dudas / Catherine Bourland Ross
On human parts: Orly Castel-Bloom and the Israeli extreme / Adia Mendelson-Maoz
Introduction; Alian-Philippe Durand and Naomi Mandel 
Part I: Americas 
1. 'Right Here in Nowheres': American Psycho and Violence's Critique; Naomi Mandel
2. Telling doubles and Literal Minded Reading in Bret Easton Ellis' Glamorama; Henrik Skov Nielsen
3. Posthumous Voice and Residual Presence in Don DeLillo's The Body Artist; Mikko Keskinen
4. A Post-Apocalyptic World: The Excremental, Abject Female Warriors of Josée Yvon; Paula Ruth Gilbert with Colleen Lester
5. On the Impossibility of Being Contemporary in Nelly Arcan's Folle; Martine Delvaux
6. Media-Portrayed Violence in Alberto Fuguet's Tinta roja; Jason G. Summers
Part II: Europe and the Middle East
7. Sadomasochism, Castration and Rape: Richard Morgiève's Nightmare Theater of Primal Scenes; Ralph Schoolcraft
8. Dantec's Inferno; Lawrence R. Schehr
9. Apocalypse Now: Fins de siècles in the French Novel; Sabine van Wesemael
10. Beyond The Extreme: Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World; Alain-Philippe Durand
11. Amélie Nothomb's Dialectic of the Sublime and the Grotesque; Martine Guyot-Bender
12. Violence Biting Its Own Tail: Martin Amis's Yellow Dog; Jean-Michel Ganteau
13. Beauty and Death as Simulacra in Ray Loriga's Caídos del cielo and El hombre que inventó Manhattan; Kathryn Everly
14. Sex, Drugs, and Violence in Lucía Etxebarria's Amor, curiosidad, prozac y dudas; Catherine Bourland Ross
15- On Human Parts: Orly Castel-Bloom and the Israeli Extreme; Adia Mendelson-Maoz
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Electronic reproduction. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement
Includes bibliographical references and index
Durand, Alain-Philippe, editor.
Mandel, Naomi, 1969- editor.
Publisher Number:
10.5040/9781472542670 doi