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Hints and guesses : William Gaddis's fiction of longing

Author: Christopher J Knight
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997.
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The author of four truly important novels - The Recognitions in 1955, J R in 1975, Carpenter's Gothic in 1985, and A Frolic of His Own in 1995 - William Gaddis is considered by many literary scholars to be one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth century, to be spoken of in the same breath as James Joyce, Robert Musil, and Thomas Pynchon.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Knight, Christopher J., 1952-
Hints and guesses.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997
Named Person: William Gaddis; William Gaddis; William Gaddis; William Gaddis; William Gaddis; William Gaddis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher J Knight
ISBN: 0299153002 9780299153007 0299153045 9780299153045
OCLC Number: 35360834
Description: xiii, 302 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Recognitions and Wyatt Gwyon's Role as Artist/Forger/Artist. Wyatt's Rejection of Mid-Century Abstraction. Flemish Painting as an Alternative Aesthetic. Forgery, the Substitution of the False for the Real --
Ch. 2. J R and the Question of That Which Is Worth Doing. Exchange Value as the Societal Ethic. Disorder as Symbolic of a Cultural Vacancy. The Schoolroom, Children and Lost Sheep. Amy Joubert, Edward Bast and the Need for a Larger Trust. That Which Is Worth Doing, or Responding to Ought. Art as a Form of Perfectionist Thinking --
Ch. 3. Carpenter's Gothic's Bare Ruined Choirs. Things Fall Apart. Conspiracies, or Forcing Things Together. The Complement of Inside and Outside, of Truth and Fiction.
Responsibility: Christopher J. Knight.


A scholarly work which discusses all four Gaddis novels. While he does not dismiss the inclination of many scholars to view Gaddis's work as postmodern, Christopher Knight moves towards a discussion  Read more...


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