American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

George Saunders

Critical Essays

Editors: Coleman, Philip, Gronert Ellerhoff, Steve (Eds.)

  • Fills a scholarly gap as the first collection of essays on famed author, George Saunders
    Offers a panoply of approaches and discussions revolving around Saunders' canon, ranging from feminism to biopolitics
    Positions Saunders' still-continuing career within the literary traditions and history of contemporary literature

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About this book

This timely volume explores the signal contribution George Saunders has made to the development of the short story form in books ranging from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996) to Tenth of December (2013). The book brings together a team of scholars from around the world to explore topics ranging from Saunders’s treatment of work and religion to biopolitics and the limits of the short story form. It also includes an interview with Saunders specially conducted for the volume, and a preliminary bibliography of his published works and critical responses to an expanding and always exciting creative œuvre. Coinciding with the release of the Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (2017), George Saunders: Critical Essays is the first book-length consideration of a major contemporary author’s work. It is essential reading for anyone interested in twenty-first century fiction.

About the authors

Philip Coleman is Associate Professor and Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. His most recent books are John Berryman’s Public Vision: re-locating ‘the scene of disorder’ (2014), Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse (2014), and Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace (2015). He is currently co-editing a volume of John Berryman’s letters.
Steve Gronert Ellerhoff completed a PhD in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, in 2014. His thesis was published as Post-Jungian Psychology and the Short Stories of Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut: Golden Apples of the Monkey House (2016). He is also the author of a novel, Time’s Laughingstocks (2013), a collection of short stories, Tales From the Internet (2015), and other fiction appearing online and in print.

Reviews

“An indispensable guide to one of the freshest and most innovative writers of the 21st century.  The wide-ranging contributions from a team of international scholars capture the energy of George Saunders’s genre-busting prose, both introducing new readers to the work and offering new insights to enthusiasts. A landmark in short fiction studies.” (Ailsa Cox, Professor of Short Fiction, Edge Hill University, author of “Writing Short Stories” (2nd edition, 2016))

“Read in sequence, these essays build their own story, from the meanings of “work” in George Saunders’s art to the representations of a supersaturated consciousness in his polyphonic monologues. It’s about the moral imperatives behind the mind-tingling brilliance, the funny-sad humor and soulful grotesqueries, of a major American satirist, but it’s also about the practice of imaginative scholarship, and, not accidentally, about the inexhaustible wonders of the short story form.” (Susan Lohafer, Professor Emerita, University of Iowa, author of “Reading for Storyness” (2003))

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • “A Job to Do”*: George Saunders on, and at, Work

    Boddy, Kasia

    Pages 1-22

  • Horning In: Language, Subordination and Freedom in the Short Fiction of George Saunders

    Hayes-Brady, Clare

    Pages 23-39

  • Language Between Lyricism and Corporatism: George Saunders’s New Sincerity

    Kelly, Adam

    Pages 41-58

  • “Hope that, in Future, All Is well”: American Exceptionalism and Hopes for Resistance in Two Stories by George Saunders

    Moore, Gillian Elizabeth

    Pages 59-75

  • Hanging by a Thread in the Homeland: The Four Institutional Monologues of George Saunders

    Lee, Richard E.

    Pages 77-104

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49932-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49931-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
George Saunders
Book Subtitle
Critical Essays
Editors
  • Philip Coleman
  • Steve Gronert Ellerhoff
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49932-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49932-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49931-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 292
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