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Jonathan Lethem

James Peacock

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book takes as its starting point Lethem's characteristic collisions and mutations of genres – detective fiction and science fiction; road narrative and science fiction; coming-of-age stories on ... More


Introduction: genre collisions and mutations

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The introduction outlines the book's main claim that genre is an ethical category in Lethem's work. The author brings genres together to show what happens when people encounter difference in their ... More


Private dicks: science fiction meets detection in Gun, With Occasional Music

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter argues that Lethem's debut novel, Gun, With Occasional Music brings together science fiction and detective fiction (or Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler) quite deliberately and ... More


The nightmare of the local: apocalypse on the road in Amnesia Moon

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 2 argues that in Lethem's work one of the reactions to collective or individual traumatic experience is a retreat into a kind of exaggerated localism, into miniature utopias that attempt to ... More


Alice in the academy: As She Climbed Across the Table

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Lethem's third novel is a campus comedy, but is yet again inflected with science fiction. The chapter argues that the campus comedy is an ideal genre for exploring Lethem's concerns because it has ... More


Far away, so close: Brooklyn goes to space in Girl in Landscape

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Lethem attributes the relative lack of success of his fourth novel partly to the fact that it is set mostly on another planet. Yet it is also his most autobiographical novel, dealing as it does with ... More


‘We learned to tell our story walking’: Tourette's and urban space in Motherless Brooklyn

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The narrator of Motherless Brooklyn, Lionel Essrog, is an orphan detective with Tourette's syndrome. He makes it clear that his tics and verbal utterances are partly a means of placating, of ... More


Mixed media: graffiti, writing and coming-of-age in The Fortress of Solitude

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter uses graffiti as a means to explore the issues of race, coming-of-age and gentrification in The Fortress of Solitude. Protagonist Dylan Ebdus sees graffiti as an “authentic” part of the ... More


‘Hiding in plain sight’: reality and secrecy in You Don't Love Me Yet and Chronic City

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Both these novels, this chapter argues, are concerned with secrecy and reality in a world increasingly dominated by disclosure and virtuality. You Don’t Love Me Yet is a rock and roll novel, and ... More


Conclusion

James Peacock

in Jonathan Lethem

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780719082672
eISBN:
9781781706299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The conclusion returns to some of the themes of the introduction, including genre and ethics. It suggests that Lethem, while attempting to make a mockery of convenient labels, might be regarded as ... More


Alterity Is Relative: Impairment, Narrative, and Care in an Age of Neuroscience

James Berger

in The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708460
eISBN:
9780814708330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter describes the shift in representations of figures with cognitive or linguistic impairments that comes with the enormous acceleration of knowledge in neuroscience. The imaginings of ... More


Final Jeopardy

Mike Miley

in Truth and Consequences: Game Shows in Fiction and Film

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496825384
eISBN:
9781496825438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496825384.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This final chapter discusses how the election of Donald Trump to the presidency alters the importance and influence of game shows on American life. The chapter examines works by Chuck Barris, Donald ... More


Flattening Nature and Culture

Matthew Mullins

in Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190459505
eISBN:
9780190459529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459505.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter revisits Brian McHale’s argument that the dominant marker of postmodernism is its preoccupation with ontology. What makes fiction postmodern in the author’s view is not only its ... More


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