Robert Coover: The Universal Fictionmaking Process

Robert Coover: The Universal Fictionmaking Process

Robert Coover: The Universal Fictionmaking Process

Robert Coover: The Universal Fictionmaking Process

Synopsis

With works ranging thematically and stylisshy;tically from The Universal Baseball Association to The Public Burning,from Prick songs and Descants to Spanking the Maid, Robert Coover emerges as one of the most vibrant writers from a remarkable avant-garde that in the midshy;-1960s mounted serious assault on traditional ideas of form and content in world literature. Lois Gordon here defines Coover's novels, short stories, and plays in terms of his conshy;temporaries: among Americans, Donald Barshy;thelme, William Gass, John Hawkes, and others; among Europeans, Julio Cortazar, Robert Pinget, and Italo Calvino, to name a few. These writers dismiss the conventions of traditional form- linear plot, character development, definable theme, Aristotle's unities of time and space- as no longer apshy;propriate in the modern world. Coover writes in a dazzling variety of forms and styles; in each he demonstrates a diversity of the style and manipulates the trappings of every conventional form- from Old Comedy to theater of the absurd. He also translates or transposes techniques associated with other art forms, such as film montage or operatic interlude. In Coover's hands, any of these forms are fair game for parody. Gordon notes: "Coover's method, more specifically is this: at the same time that he maintains a strong narrative line he counshy;terpoints it (his musical term is descants') with numerous mythic, legendary, or symshy;bolic levels… which serve to explode any final meaning or resting point." Nothing is static- personality, event, human values. Coover writes about a continual flux in which everything is constantly qualified and dramatically altered. He portrays the public and private rituals that man construes "to barter inner and outer disorder."
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