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Our lives are not all interconnected.
That theory is crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other.
What's in a name? A brave undertaking that goes against the received wisdom of much academic and middle-brow literary criticism, this volume offers many surprising insights through close, lucid, frequently ingenious, and always astute encounters with Ellis's work.
Despite-or perhaps better because of-the broad scope of approaches featured, this volume presents readers with a remarkably coherent critical conversation; no doubt to the chagrin of the author's many detractors, this collection of essays ultimately puts forth a convincing counter-canonical argument by positioning Bret Easton Ellis as one of the major American writers of the last thirty years.
As such, Bret Easton Ellis proves to be not only an indispensable, and immensely teachable, resource for anyone interested in Ellis's work but also provocative for the study of contemporary literary culture in general.
What is more, the volume offers, probably for the first time, an overview of Ellis's later career as a novelist from American Psycho to Lunar Park. A must for any scholar and, indeed, with the editor's introduction, for any student or reader of contemporary American literature. Part of the literary "brat pack" of the s together with Janowitz and McInerney , Ellis has long stepped outside the genre fiction of his early works, becoming one of the most acknowledged critics of U.
The main targets of Ellis's biting critiques - postmodern consumer culture, the "celebrity discourse," and the omnipresence of violence are examined in this anthology in ten persuasive essays. With good reason, the book concentrates on three central novels, which are representative of both thewide range of topicsnegotiated in Ellis's works and the "brand Ellis" that is, the writer's self-construction in his writings.