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The fabric of the western literary tradition is not always predictable. In one wayward strand, waywardness itself is at work, delay becomes almost predictable, triviality is auspicious, and failure is cheerfully admired. This is loiterature. Loiterature is the first book to identify this strand, to follow its path through major works and genres, and to evaluate its literar ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by University of Nebraska Press
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
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"Examples of writing Chambers considers loiterly in some respect or another (for "no text is purely loiterly" [37]) include:
poetry by Frank O'Hara,
Maurizio Nichetti's film The Icicle Thief;
Sterne's Tristram Shandy;
Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (a loiterly text, despite its singleminded sense of mission, on account of the deliberately unscheduled day off it schedules in),
François Maspéro's meandering and reflective suburban travel narrative Roissy Express;
Diderot's Le Neveu
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