lundi 27 août 2012

Krzysztof Andrzejcak, THE WRITER IN THE WRITING: AUTHOR AS HERO IN POSTWAR AMERICAN FICTION, Lodz, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Lódzkiego, 1996, 170 pages.

The American writer has long been signalling, in personal notes and in fictional versions of his own life, that furtive, immobilizing forces of the community, the administrative system, or political atitudes intrude when he embarks on serious work, that he ends up isolated, exposed to frustration and artistic paralysis. In the "Custom-House" Hawthorne recalls that while a state employee he was overtaken by a "wretched numbness," a kind of intellectual "torpor," which threatened (but actually stimulated) his artistic growth. Melville's frustration over his loss of popular and critical acclaim after the publication of Moby Dick translated itself into a withdrawal of public life and a bitterly pessimistic vision of a writer in Pierre. But such discontent, patiently communicated within a literary means that was ultimately complicit with the culture it attempted to expose, is insignificant, merely a ripple, when compared with the mental estrangement and rage that occur in American fictions about writers - especially those of the 1970s and the 1980s.

(p. 98)   

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