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Surfiction: Fiction Now and Tomorrow

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Swallow Press (first published 1975)
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MJ Nicholls
A valuable selection of essays that represent Federman’s attempts to define various schools of high modernism or postmodernism before the accepted definitions hit the dictionaries (collection circa 1975). The selection is somewhat scattershot—mixing nouveau roman techniques with concrete or avant-pop fictions and such minor figures as Burroughs (sigh!) and Hawkes (double sigh!) in place of more interesting surfiction practitioners, along with a few rather uninspiring lit-theory pieces from the F ...more
Aside from the brief sections on individual authors/works, this collection of essays is absolutely essential. There are translated essays by both Philippe Sollers and Jean Ricardou that I haven't seen anywhere else, and there's tons of great writing on the progression of fiction, what's happened so far, and how it's working.
The title of the book refers to the experimental fictions emerging in the late fifties and the sixties both in America and in Europe. Most of the essays were written in the fifties and represent early attempts to describe, define, analyze and interpret the new fiction—the French “nouveau roman,” for instance, as well as the metafictions of Anglo-American writers. Some of the essays are by academics such as Ricardou; others are by writers of fiction, such as Raymond Federman, who also edited the ...more
These essays have been gathered in an effort to determine, define, analyze what is the present state of fiction--FICTION NOW--and, to some extent, in an effort to suggest, project, propose what will be the future of fiction---AND TOMORROW.
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Raymond Federman was a French–American novelist and academic, known also for poetry, essays, translations, and criticism. He held positions at the University at Buffalo from 1973 to 1999, when he was appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor. Federman was a writer in the experimental style, one that sought to deconstruct traditional prose. This type of writing is quite prevalent in his book Doubl ...more
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