By Leonard Unger, Jay Parini

ISBN-10: 0684312328

ISBN-13: 9780684312323

One of the 18 authors within the "Supplement" are Paul Auster, Robert Olen Butler, Peter Cameron, John Knowles, J.D. McClatchy, Ann Patchett and others.

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What he finds there does little to clear up the story, obfuscating the language that has been manipulated over the narrative space of the three stories that comprise the Trilogy: “If I say nothing about what I found there, it is because I understood very little. ” The narrator’s only response as he reads the notebook—the only key, it would seem, to solving any of the three mysteries presented in the col- lection—is to tear the pages from the notebook as he waits for the train and to throw the pages in a nearby garbage can.

215–230. Moran, Joe. Star Authors: Literary Celebrity in America. London: Pluto Press, 2000. 20 / AMERICAN WRITERS Pitchford, Nicola. Tactical Readings: Feminist Postmodernism in the Novels of Kathy Acker and Angela Carter. : Bucknell University Press, 2002. Redding, Arthur F. ” Contemporary Literature 35, no. 2:281–304 (summer 1994). Robinson, Christopher L. ” Yearbook of Contemporary and General Literature 47:109–123 (1999). Rock, Catherine. ” Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 12:205–233 (June 2001).

CRITICAL RESPONSE The attention of literary critics has tended to converge upon certain themes and techniques within Acker’s oeuvre but diverge in their assessment of the success and value of her work. Many critics disagree about her pornographic representations; although some find her work to be demeaning to women or to reify women’s position as object, others regard her work as accurately portraying the effects of patriarchal Western culture on women. The discussion of Acker’s treatment of women often revolves around her novels’ conclusions.

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