Etikettarkiv: litterära termer

Litterära termer 54: doomer lit

”‘[…] a growing body of work that could be called ‘doomer lit’—writing that takes seriously the idea that catastrophe is our fate, and despondency a rational response.”

Citerat ur ”The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit'” av Kate Knibbs i WIRED. Lite förenklat kan man säga att doomer lit är besläktad meed cli fi (climate fiction) och apokalyptisk och postapokalyptisk litteratur, men att den är ännu mörkare, rentav hopplös. Det kanske är trösterikt att läsa på något skruvat vis, nu när det sprids fler och fler berättelser om en nära förestående klimatkris?

Ola Wihlke

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Litterära termer 51: rural noir

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh
Laura McHugh – The Wolf Wants In (Spiegel & Grau)

”Part of the appeal of rural noir is that, to people living elsewhere, the way of life might seem a bit exotic and unexplored. The isolation and the forbidding landscape lend a sense danger and tension. Anything could happen in a place that feels beyond the bounds of law, where people might cross lines to survive, where there are plenty of places to hide bodies so they’ll never be found.

While I’ve been thrilled to see my home represented on a larger stage, not everyone here is happy about the boom in rural noir. Some people complain that it’s making us look bad to the rest of the world, that we’re being portrayed as degenerate hillbillies. There’s merit in that argument. There’s a fine line between depicting the flavor of a region and crossing into mockery by reinforcing stereotypes, but for me it goes back to my poverty-stricken childhood in the Ozarks and the feeling that my own life, my own stories, were not valid or relevant, that they weren’t worthy of being visible to an audience. For a decade, Missouri was the meth capital of the United States. Poverty and drugs and a lack of opportunity are real problems here.”

Citerat ur ”In Rural Noir, I Found Myself” av Laura McHugh

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Litterära termer 49: neoliberal realism / nyliberal realism

I ”The Problem of Neoliberal Realism in Contemporary Fiction” argumenterar Madeline ffitch, framgångsrikt, tycker jag, bland annat för att konflikten i samtidsprosan reducerats till en gimmick och en teknik som lärs ut på skrivarskolorna. Resultatet är något hon kallar för nyliberal realism. Den undviker inte konflikter, men den gör dem mer banala, binärt förutsägbara och den fjärmar oss därför från verklighetens konflikter.

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Litterära termer 45: Didion-esque

”[Joan Didion] has remained cool, and it is perhaps this enduring quality that has transformed ‘Didion’ into a word beyond just a proper noun. With the coy assistance of suffixes, her surname has become an adjective, with ‘Didion-like’ and ‘Didion-esque’ signifying all things Didion: a detached but insightful, prescient but vulnerable female writer, acidly exposing American faults to American readers.”

Citerat ur ”Slouching towards Didion: the book blurb bywords holding the industry back” av Rafia Zakaria i The Guardian. Zakaria gör iakttagelsen att det bara är vita kvinnors verk som blir betecknade som Didion-esque och menar att etiketten används ytligt och är hämmande för litteraturen.

Ola Wihlke

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Litterära termer 44: sensitivity reading/sensitivity reader

”In the past few years, authors concerned about the accuracy of their cultural representations have started using a new tool. Sensitivity reading, or beta reading, involves manuscript review where the author is writing about a marginalized group to which they doesn’t belong. A sensitivity reader might have a particular medical condition, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or any experience or identity that may be poorly understood by the majority culture.”

Citerat ur ”On the use of sensitivity readers in publishing” av Christine Ro i Lit Hub.

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Litterära termer 39: neuronovel/neuroroman

Via Wellcome Library, London

”The last dozen years or so have seen the emergence of a new strain within the Anglo-American novel. What has been variously referred to as the novel of consciousness or the psychological or confessional novel—the novel, at any rate, about the workings of a mind—has transformed itself into the neurological novel, wherein the mind becomes the brain.”

Citerat ur ”The Rise of the Neuronovel” av Marco Roth i n+1, Nr. 8 hösten 2009.

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litterära termer 38: endurance lit / uthållighetslitteratur

”Endurance lit – stories of extreme athletic feats in which one daring sportsman survives enormous hardship, et cetera to emerge on the other side a more thoughtful, ethical human being, et cetera – is a thriving subgenre, but what explains its appeal? ‘Here’s the most revealing facet of endurance lit: most of the best sellers in this genre are about self-imposed hardship. They are about sport, in its widest sense.'”

Citerat ur The Paris Rieview blogg The Daily.

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