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Monstrous Possibility: An Invitation to Literary Politics

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In Monstrous Possibility, Curtis White provides a unique collection of essays written in styles ranging from the criti-fictional to the deeply theoretical. These essays are often funny, usually polemical, and always urgent. White creates in these essays a lucid perspective on what it means to be a writer and a human being in the so-called postmodern moment.

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1998)
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MJ Nicholls
A hotchpotch of essays on literary theory and the state of “experimental” fiction (or non-mainstream or “potential” literature, if you prefer) circa 1983-1996. Most of the pieces on theory have dated but as someone who shrieks like a big-bosomed college girl at a Freddy Kruger convention at Derrida and Baudrillard, pieces like ‘The War on Theory’ help demystify several complications about theoretical discourse(s) in literature, which seem only to exist within an academic bubble, or in small acad ...more
Jeff Bursey
This series of essays take us, mostly chronologically, through Curtis White's developing thoughts on what Art can do outside of the boxes people (of all stripes) want to place it in.

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It is precisely art's obscurity, its unwillingness to capitulate to simple formulations of "position," that makes it suspicious to Politics. What are artists doing? What art is "doing" is creating the possibility for meanings that cannot be limited by the simple sense of the world provided by po
This is an odd book to read in 2009. Most of the book is a polemic in defense of postmodern literature and specifically postmodern literature as a literature of opposition. For the most part, this is a debate I am uninterested in, but my fondness for Curtis White made me read this book anyway. These essays were written in the 80's and 90's, when deconstruction et al were still controversial. They are not totally outdated or useless now, but they certainly aren't as compelling or pressing as I im ...more
Apr 05, 2007 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writers and revolutionaries
White connects the political and the literary in a highly compelling way in this book.
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