Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk

Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk

by Joseph Tabbi

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Focusing on works by Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, Joseph McElroy, and Don DeLillo, Joseph Tabbi finds that a simultaneous attraction to and repulsion from technology has produced a powerful new mode of modern writing—the technological sublime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801483837
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/14/1996
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph Tabbi is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is editor of the Electronic Book Review.

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William R. Paulson

"Tabbi offers a subtleimportant, and complex argument, delivered in clear and forceful prose, about some of the most crucial issues in fiction today."

Tom LeClair

"Tabbi's major contribution is resurrecting a concept of the sublime—which creates a new intellectual arc from Henry Adams to Kathy Acker and an interesting new grouping of American novelists. The chapters on McElroy's Plus and DeLillo's Libra and Mao II are the best criticism I know of these books and Tabbi's original readings of Gravity's Rainbow and An American Dream make it hard to think about Pynchon and Mailer in the same way as before."

Stuart Peterfreund

"An important book, one that will be read, reread, and valued for its depth, lucidity, and courage."

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