The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television
It almost goes without saying that the rise in popularity of television has killed the audience for "serious" literature. This is such a given that reading Fitzpatrick's challenge to this notion can be very disconcerting, as she traces the ways in which a small cadre of writers of "serious" literature--DeLillo, Pynchon, and Franzen, for instance--have propagated this myth in order to set themselve...
By Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (July 14, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
Format: PDF ePub djvu book
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a skilled and entertaining polemicist against those contemporary cultural "champions" (e.g. Birkerts, Postman, Bloom) who have attempted to defend literature, and "high" culture in general, against certain death at the hands of television and the Internet. Fitzpatrick asks, ...
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