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Jonathan Lethem
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Jonathan Lethem

James Peacock

Abstract

This book takes as its starting point Lethem's characteristic collisions and mutations of genres – detective fiction and science fiction; road narrative and science fiction; coming-of-age stories on extraterrestrial frontiers. It proceeds chronologically and takes as its main focus Lethem's novels, with reference to related short stories. The chronological approach is appropriate because it shows how the bold, rather ostentatious genre clashes in early novels make way for more subtle genre mergings later on. It also indicates the shifts in tone and emphasis as Lethem moves from LA, where the e ... More

Keywords: Jonathan Lethem, American literature, genre, subcultures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082672
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082672.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Peacock, author