mardi 10 juillet 2012

William H. Gass, "Philosophy and the Form of Fiction", dans FICTION AND THE FIGURES OF LIFE, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1970, 288 pages

I don't merely mean those drearily predictable pieces about writers who are writing about what they are writing [...]

p. 24-25

mardi 3 juillet 2012

Ramsey Scott, "Anatomy of Surfaces: Mulligan Stew and the Political Fantasies of America's Literary Factions", dans THE REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION, vol. XXXI, été 2011, 215 pages.

[M]any well-educated Americans like to imagine their own history as the product of literary interventions - the Declaration of Independence, Uncle Tom's Cabin, How the Other Half Lives - while forgetting that human labor, and (quite literally) human sacrifice, produces the history into which literature must subsequently be read and absorbed.

p. 71

Mulligan Stew presents a cure for that dogged faith in literature as a reality-altering medium. It is not a work of "subversive" literature; its political importance lies precisely in its insistence upon literature as a cultural product devoid of any qualities that might otherwise be deemed "subversive." Mulligan Stew thus serves as a radical critique of the fantasies that govern left-wing politics in America, and more specifically, the fantasy of subversive writing that persists in American literary and academic circles.

p. 72