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Longer Views: Extended Essays

Longer Views: Extended Essays

A comprehensive expansion of the theoretical writings of one of our most important cultural critics.

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ISBN 9780819562937
Barcode 9780819562937
Published 31 January 1996 by Inbooks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By James, Ken
By Delany, Samuel R.
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ISBN-13 9780819562937
ISBN-10 0819562939
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date 31 January 1996
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By James, Ken
By Delany, Samuel R.
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 581g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade
Dewey Code 814.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Reading is a many-layered process -- like writing, observes Samuel R. Delany, a Nebula and Hugo award-winning author and a major commentator on American literature and culture. In this collection of six extended essays, Delany challenges what he calls the hard-edged boundaries of meaning by going beyond the customary limits of the genre in which he's writing. By radically reworking the essay form, Delany can explore and express the many layers of his thinking about the nature of art, the workings of language, and the injustices and ironies of social, political, and sexual marginalization. Thus Delany connects, in sometimes unexpected ways, topics as diverse as the origins of modern theater, the context of lesbian and gay scholarship, the theories of cyborgs, how metaphors mean, and the narrative structures in the Star Wars trilogy. Over the course of his career, Kenneth James writes in his extensive introduction, Delany has again and again thrown into question the world-models that all too many of us unknowingly live by. Indeed, Delany challenges an impressive list of world-models here, including High and Low Art, sanity and madness, mathematical logic and the mechanics of mythmaking, the distribution of wealth in our society, and the limitations of our sexual vocabulary. Also included are two essays that illustrate Delany's unique chrestomathic technique, the grouping of textual fragments whose associative interrelationships a reader must actively trace to read them as a resonant argument. Whether writing about Wagner or Hart Crane, Foucault or Robert Mapplethorpe, Delany combines a fierce and often piercing vision with a powerful honesty that beckons us to share in theperspective of these Longer Views.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Texts that inspire his respect are treated with what might be called skeptical deference . . . in Longer Views, [Delany] proves he can . . . deconstruct a text from nose to tail until there is nothing left but the oink. -- New York Times Book Review

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Author's Bio

Samuel R. Delany's many prizes include the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature. Wesleyan has published both his fiction and nonfiction, including Atlantis: three tales (1995), Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics (1994), and Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts & the Politics of the Paraliterary. The press has also reissued his classic science fiction and fantasy novels Dhalgren (1996), Trouble on Triton (1996, originally published as Triton), The Einstein Intersection (1998) and the four-volume Return to Nev ryon series.

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