Literature and the Writer


Literature and the Writer was first conceived with the hope the essays would shed light on several dimensions of the authorial craft. It was the hope of the editor that the selected essays would examine not only writers’ choice of vocabulary, but also their deliberate selection of grammatical constructions and word order and their seamless weaving together of plots and imagery. Moreover, the analyses would also draw attention to how the writing process impacts the development of characters and the formulation of thematic strands in fiction. Thus, a wide variety of authors are deliberately selected to give the text depth: writers of popular fiction as well as modern classics are included, and contrasts are established between traditional writers and those who prefer to follow experimental trends. Modernists are set against postmodernists, absurdists vs. realists, minority ethnicities vs. majority cultures, and dominant genders appear in contrast to subordinated ones. Clearly, the major tenet of the collection is that the writing profession provides an unending dilemma that deserves to be explored in more detail as readers try to determine how authorial voices confuse while simultaneously elucidating their audience, how texts are constructed by authors and yet deconstructed by the very words they choose to include, how silence functions as inaudible yet audible discourse; and how authorial self-concept shapes not only itself but is also echoed in the fictional characters / writers who appear in the texts.
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Table of contents

1. Mark BYRON: Beckett's Tenth Rate Xenium: The Conundra of Writing and Editing Watt
2. Marketta LAURILA: Decapitation, Castration and Creativity in Elena Garro's Andamos huyendo Lola [ We Are Fleeing Lola]
3. Laura Kathleen REECK: Unauthoring the Text
4. Marjorie WORTHINGTON: The Novel Construction of the Writer: Symbiotic Texts, Parasitic Authors in The Golden Notebook
5. Connie GRIFFIN: Memory, Memoir, and Fictions in the Autobiographics of Kim Chernin
6. Michael J. MEYER: Stephen King's Writers: The Critical Politics of Literary Quality in Misery and The Dark Half
7. Mary CATANZARO: Whose Story Is It? Samuel Beckett's Malone Dies and the Voice of Self-Invention
8. David CLIPPINGER: “Only Half Here”: Don DeLillo's Image of the Writer in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
9. Gene C. FANT, Jr.: The Blind Man, the Idiot, and the Prig: Faulkner's Disdain for the Reader
10. Reine DUGAS BOUTON: Woolf and Welty, Readers and Writers, Writing and Unwriting
11. Magdalena MAÇZYŃSKA: Writing the Writer: The Question of Authorship in the Novels of Martin Amis
12. Lawrence STANLEY: Hemingway, Cézanne, and Writing: Realities that arise from the craft itself
13. Laurie EDSON: A Narrative of Ethical Proportions: History, Memory, and Writing in Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions
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