Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Kathy Acker

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Using postmodern form, Kathy Acker’s Great Expectations moves her narrator through time, gender, and identity as it examines our era’s cherished beliefs about life and art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394534978
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/1990
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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William Boros

"Acker is a post-modern Collette with echoes of Cleland's Fanny Hill."

Robert Creeley

"The novel's remarkable investment of hackmeat originals makes a prose of shimmering precision. Words, ideas, and of the concepts that engender them come together in a singularly fulfilling tour de force of one woman's life, like they say, in the many place where imagination has heretofore proposed it to be."

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jbushnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this novel Acker aims her critique at the gnarly intersection of capitalism, violence, sexual dysfunction, and male dominance. In order to live out this critique, Acker jettisons most of the (male-dominated) traditions of narrative as she writes, systematically disrupting the stability of characters and setting, and rejecting the claim to authorial originality (as you might guess from the title). Some might say that this rejection is a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but I'm more inclined to say it's form following function. Exemplary.