Author by: Paul William Gleason Languange: en Publisher by: Univ of South Carolina Press Format Available: PDF, ePub, Mobi Total Read: 71 Total Download: 914 File Size: 43,5 Mb Description: Understanding T. Boyle is the first book-length study of one of contemporary Americas most prolific, popular, and critically acclaimed fiction writers. The author of seven short story collections and eleven novels, T. Boyle has been honored with the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award for Worlds End, the 1997 Prix Mdicis tranger for The Tortilla Curtain, the 1999 PEN/Malamud Award for T. Boyle: Stories, and a 2003 National Book Award nomination for Drop City. Boyles 1993 novel, The Road to Wellville, was adapted into a feature film.
Paul Gleason begins his investigation of Boyles work by exploring the biographical, historical, and literary contexts at play in the writers fiction. Gleason maps the literary influences that shaped Boyles wise guy style, among them Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Flannery OConnor, Raymond Carver, and Samuel Beckett. The volume then features chapters on Boyles short fiction and his novels of the past three decades. Gleason demonstrates Boyles literary development as entertainer, absurdist, social commentator and critic, and historical novelist who chronicles the baby boomer generation while addressing a range of contemporary social issues, such as race relations, illegal immigration, and feminism.
Gleason shows how Boyle uses dark humor as a moral and satiric force for social commentary in the tradition of writers such as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Though the entertainment value of Boyles writing has much to do with his popularity, Gleason also sees him as an iconoclast who questions his generations ideals, philosophies, and actions. Author by: Gale, Cengage Learning Languange: en Publisher by: Gale, Cengage Learning Format Available: PDF, ePub, Mobi Total Read: 14 Total Download: 178 File Size: 53,7 Mb Description: A Study Guide for T. Boyle's 'Greasy Lake,' excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.
For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs. Author by: Laura Schomaker Languange: en Publisher by: diplom.de Format Available: PDF, ePub, Mobi Total Read: 16 Total Download: 268 File Size: 42,7 Mb Description: Los Angeles is famous for its sunny weather, for the Hollywood film studios and for being the residence of the rich and beautiful. And although - or, precisely because - all this is more illusion than reality, the city frequently serves as setting for various pieces of fiction. However, Los Angeles does not only play a huge role in the media, but since lately also in the realm of urban studies.
Having long been a kind of ‘outsider’ in the field, it is now regarded as a prototypical example for urban development by the L.A. In this context, its image is less sunny and positive, but reveals a deep-rooted racism against Latin-American immigrants in combination with a fortress mentality on the part of its white population as well as a unique urban ecology, in which natural catastrophes seem to be regular occurrences. This paper intends to outline the significance of Los Angeles in urban studies and trace the thereby acquired findings in a fictional representation of the city: T.C. Boyle’s novel The Tortilla Curtain. In the process, it is shown how urban conditions, racism and nature, especially in the form of ecological disasters, intersect and influence each other. Author by: David O.
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Dowling Languange: en Publisher by: Yale University Press Format Available: PDF, ePub, Mobi Total Read: 95 Total Download: 720 File Size: 49,8 Mb Description: A vibrant history of the renowned and often controversial Iowa Writers’ Workshop and its celebrated alumni and faculty As the world’s preeminent creative writing program, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop has produced an astonishing number of distinguished writers and poets since its establishment in 1936. Its alumni and faculty include twenty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, six U.S. Poet laureates, and numerous National Book Award winners. This volume follows the program from its rise to prominence in the early 1940s under director Paul Engle, who promoted the “workshop” method of classroom peer criticism. Meant to simulate the rigors of editorial and critical scrutiny in the publishing industry, this educational style created an environment of both competition and community, cooperation and rivalry. Focusing on some of the exceptional authors who have participated in the program—such as Flannery O’Connor, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Sandra Cisneros, T. Boyle, and Marilynne Robinson—David Dowling examines how the Iowa Writers’ Workshop has shaped professional authorship, publishing industries, and the course of American literature.