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Innovations: An Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Fiction (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Paperback – May 1, 1998

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About the Author

Robert L. McLaughlin, a professor of English at Illinois State University, received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1987 with a dissertation on Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. He has published articles in a variety of journals, and, in 1993, he became managing editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Literature (Dalkey Archive)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564781852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564781857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert L. McLaughlin, Professor of English at Illinois State University, earned his Ph. D. at Fordham University in New York City. With Sally E. Parry he wrote We'll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema during World War II (UP of Kentucky, 2006). In addition to his work on the popular culture of World War II, he has published many articles on postmodern fiction, especially the novels of Thomas Pynchon. He has edited a fiction collection, Innovations: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press, 1998). From 1993 to 2005 he was editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction. He is currently completing a book on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and working with Sally E. Parry on a study of Broadway plays during World War II.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
The best thing about this anthology compiled by Robert L. Mclaughlin is the broad and obscure selection of stories. They're not all good, but they paint a decent picture of the broadness of postmodernist fiction. Despite the punctuational confusion of John Barth's 'Menelaiad' and John Edgar Wideman's utterly awful 'Surfiction', there are several rather interesting and original pieces. Felipe Alfau's 'A Character' takes a dive into meta-fiction, Robert Coover's 'You Must Remember This' takes an ingenious and decidedly vulgar approach to Casablanca, and Donald Barthelme's 'The Balloon' uses magical realism to tell a rather sweet story. There's even a little Gertrude Stein ditty. All in all, despite its uneveness, creative writers looking for more unconventional approaches or people just interested in postmodernist short fiction should find this anthology helpful and interesting.
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By Christian Vannasdall on August 25, 2014
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Wonderful collection of writers. This copy got to me very fast, and for a very good price.
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By Juliana LV on January 22, 2015
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Highly recommended.
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