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The Work of Art in the Age of Plausible Deniability

Timothy Melley

in The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451232
eISBN:
9780801465918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451232.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the roots of postmodern historiographic skepticism in representations of a dysfunctional public sphere. Many postmodern novels develop intentionally incomplete or “dysfunctional” ... More


Democracy: The Death of a Spy

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Joan Didion's Democracy, where a CIA agent named Jack Lovett glides in and out of the representational frame of the novel. The spy, by definition, eludes representation. As a ... More


Total War and Historical Time

Roy Scranton

in Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226637280
eISBN:
9780226637457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226637457.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers what total mobilization during World War II meant for American culture at large, beginning with a reading of Joan Didion’s first novel, Run River, which depicts the ... More


Life-Righting and Magical Thinking

David James

in Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198789758
eISBN:
9780191831447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789758.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Criticism/Theory

In Chapter 5 parallel or potential fortunes become the dramatic subject and aesthetic trigger for texts that enter the consolatory scene of magical thinking: Joan Didion’s now-iconic The Year of ... More


“A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimm”: Memoirs and the Magic of Reality

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows how contemporary memoirs primarily written in the United States heavily borrows from the genre of fairy tales. The narrative structure of many memoirs reproduces the format of a ... More


Joan Didion’s: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

David Ulin

in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159319
eISBN:
9780231500586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159319.003.0021
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion. First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of essays by Didion in which she mainly describes her ... More


Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil

Deborah Nelson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226457772
eISBN:
9780226457949
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457949.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book identifies Diane Arbus, Hannah Arendt, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, and Simone Weil as a counter tradition of unsentimental writing and art that stands between the cultures of ... More


Roads

David J. Alworth

in Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691183343
eISBN:
9781400873807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183343.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses Jack Kerouac and Joan Didion, arguing that the postwar American road narrative produces a sophisticated account of the nonhuman social actor through its treatment of the ... More


Cruising

Lynne Pearce

in Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748690848
eISBN:
9781474426817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690848.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents the mode of driving commonly referred to as ‘cruising’ as that which is most likely to facilitate the type of thinking associated with personal reflection, problem-solving, ... More


Breath on the Mirror: Finding Your Own Voice

Steve Zeitlin

in The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501702358
eISBN:
9781501706370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The author explains here bhow holding your breath on the mirror lets you express and discern your own distinctive voice and know who you really are. He talks about his creative writing class, in ... More


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