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By Robert C. Clark

ISBN-10: 0817318275

ISBN-13: 9780817318277

Although a handful of books and articles were written approximately American literary Minimalism over the past 40 years, the mode is still misunderstood. whilst in a 2011 interview in The Paris Review writer Ann Beattie used to be requested how she felt approximately being “ classed as a minimalist,” she started her solution: “ none people have ever recognized what that means.” Her reaction brings into concentration the inability of contract or readability in regards to the resources and definitions of literary Minimalism. Robert C. Clark’ s American Literary Minimalism fills this important gap.


Clark demonstrates that, regardless of assertions via many students on the contrary, the circulate originated within the aesthetic courses of the Imagists and literary Impressionists energetic on the flip of the 20th century. The style displays the philosophy that “ shape is thought,” and that variety on my own dictates even if a poem, tale, or novel falls in the parameters of the culture. The features of Minimalist fiction are potency, widespread use of allusion, and implication via omission.


Organizing his research either chronologically and in response to strains of impression, Clark bargains a definition of the mode, describes its early levels, after which explores six works that replicate its center features: Ernest Hemingway’ s In Our Time; Raymond Carver’ s Cathedral; Jay McInerney’ s Bright lighting, sizeable City; Susan Minot’ s Monkeys; Sandra Cisneros’ s Caramelo; and Cormac McCarthy’ s The Road. In his end, Clark discusses the continuing evolution of the category.

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