Norman Mailer's Later Fictions: Ancient Evenings through by J. Whalen-Bridge

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By J. Whalen-Bridge

Norman Mailer’s Later Fiction considers 5 works—Ancient Evenings (1983), tricky men Don’t Dance (1984), Harlot's Ghost (1991), The Gospel in keeping with the Son (1997), The fortress within the wooded area (2007)—to learn, for the 1st time in an entire quantity, Mailer’s literary adulthood. Essays from esteemed students, Mailer's spouse, and editor, speak about Mailer’s modes of cultural critique, connecting his political, theological, sexual, and aesthetic insights. This booklet could be crucial examining for all Mailer students and gives provocative insights in such components as postmodern American writing, masculinity reviews, and the constructing interface of literary and spiritual reports.

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12 American Psycho’s endless lists of commodities aren’t so far away from Ancient Evenings’ endless accumulations of sense impressions. If Ancient Evenings and American Psycho both display a compulsion to inventorise the object world, can these compulsions be meaningfully distinguished? American Psycho represents an extreme case of commodity fetishism since his habits of consumption alienate the narrator, Patrick Bateman, not only from the system of global exchange that he, as a stockbroker, is materially involved in (expressed in the complicit contradiction between his faux-empathy for third-world suffering and the occasional racist murder), but also the very subjective coherence the products are expected to sustain.

He regards American Psycho an “ugly” and “deranging” (“Children” 1077) work, and even expresses concerns as to the novel’s representation of violence toward women. This is quite startling coming from the author of An American Dream and Tough Guys Don’t Dance. The review, written just after the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the discourse of the “end of history,” provides a useful gloss on Mailer’s own fictional practice. But it is also a retrospective comment on the 1980s and on the spiritual function of art at a time of the apparent abandonment of political or religious faiths.

McCabe, Colin. ” Dir. Steven Spielberg, 2005. The Independent. 1 July 2005. Mailer, Norman. Ancient Evenings. London: Picador, 1984. ———. Cannibals and Christians. 1966. London: Sphere, 1969. ———. ” The Time of Our Time 1065–1077. ———. ” Interview with John Whalen-Bridge. Journal of Modern Literature 30 (2006): 1–16. ———. Pieces and Pontifications. London: New English Library, 1985. ———. The Naked and the Dead. London: Wingate, 1952. ———. The Presidential Papers. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964. ———.

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