Document Type

Lecture

Publication Date

4-17-2014

Publisher

Black Mountain Institute

Abstract

Robert Coover is one of America’s most innovative and enduring postmodernist writers. In 1966, he won the William Faulkner First Novel Award for The Origin of the Brunists; the sequel, The Brunist Day of Wrath, will be published in March, nearly a half century after the original. In Pricksongs & Descants, Coover reimagines fairytales and myths in prose that William Gass, in a review for The New York Times, described as "sharply drawn and brightly painted paragraphs ... arranged like pasteboards in ascending or descending scales of alternating colors." His novel The Public Burning, about the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, was a finalist for the National Book Award. An early pioneer of electronic literature, Coover led the first Hypertext Fiction Workshop at Brown University in 1989, a year before the birth of the WorldWideWeb. In addition to his reading, which is free and open to the public, as the 2014 Elias Ghanem Chair in Creative Writing, Robert Coover will work closely with graduate students in the UNLV Creative Writing Program.

Keywords

Coover, Robert; Criticism; Literature

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Literature in English, North America | Nonfiction | Reading and Language

Language

English

Comments

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