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Bret Easton Ellis : American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park - Naomi Mandel

Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park

Hardcover Published: 17th February 2011
ISBN: 9780826446480
Number Of Pages: 190

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This collection of critical essays on the American novelist Bret Easton Ellis examines the novels of his mature period: American Psycho (1991), Glamorama (1999), and Lunar Park (2005). Taking as its starting-point American Psycho's seismic impact on contemporary literature and culture, the volume establishes Ellis' centrality to the scholarship and teaching of contemporary American literature in the U.S. and in Europe. Contributors examine the alchemy of acclaim and disdain that accrues to this controversial writer, provide an overview of growing critical material on Ellis and review the literary and artistic significance of his recent work. Exploring key issues including violence, literature, reality, reading, identity, genre, and gender, the contributors together provide a critical re-evaluation of Ellis, exploring how he has impacted, challenged, and transformed contemporary literature in the U.S. and abroad.

"Naomi Mandel's exceedingly well edited collection of essays on Bret Easton Ellis's three major novels American Psycho, Glamorama, and Lunar Park provides us with the first, long overdue, book-length account of one of the most controversial and reviled of all American authors. 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."--Sanford Lakoff "If Ellis's fiction is notoriously said to be about "surface, surface, surface," this collection of essays duly traces the terrestrial details and faultlines of his prose, to interpret how he diagnoses, reveals and often anticipates the most acute contemporary anxieties, from psychological consequences of materialism through the injunction between politics and media to current questions of literary authorship. 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."--Sanford Lakoff This collection of essays on Bret Easton Ellis's "mature work" (American Psycho, 1991; Glamorama, 1999, LunarPark, 2005) is long overdue. Part of the literary "brat pack" of the 1980s (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.S. American lifestyle. 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). The anthology is equipped with an excellent introduction on the "value and values of Bret Easton Ellis" as well as introductory articles to each of the three discussed texts. This anthology is not only a wonderful overview of Ellis's oeuvre. It also offers a number of witty and theoretically challenging accounts of the author's most provocative texts. All in all, this book represents an important look at the work of this still active author, covering a basic void in previous criticismof Ellis. This anthology is an indispensable study book for academic discussions of postmodern American literature.--Sanford Lakoff 'Mandel's collection fills a glaring lacuna in contemporary criticism. Ellis's work deserves a book-length study and this collection largely succeeds in providing sober discussion that is necessarily contextual but free of the hysteria occasioned by the extremity of the source material.'--Sanford Lakoff

Series Editor's Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Value and Values of Bret Easton Ellisp. 1
American Psycho
Introductionp. 15
Violence, Ethics, and the Rhetoric of Decorum in American Psychop. 19
American Psycho, Hamlet, and Existential Psychosisp. 36
ôThe Soul of this Man is his Clothesö: Violence and Fashion in American Psychop. 50
Glamorama
Introductionp. 65
The Unusual Suspects: Celebrity, Conspiracy, and Objective Violence in Glamoramap. 69
ôIt's Really Meö: Intermediality and Constructed Identities in Glamoramap. 84
ôMerely Politicalö: Glam Terrorism and Celebrity Politics in Bret Easton Ellis's Glamoramap. 98
Lunar Park
Introductionp. 113
ôAn Awfully Good Impressionö: Truth and Testimony in Lunar Parkp. 117
What's in a Name? Double Exposures in Lunar Parkp. 129
Brand Ellis: Celebrity Authorship in Lunar Parkp. 143
Works Citedp. 158
Further Readingp. 167
Notes on Contributorsp. 170
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780826446480
ISBN-10: 0826446485
Series: Continuum Studies in Contemporary North America Fiction
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 17th February 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1