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Realizing Ineffable Tragedy in Stuart Moulthrops Victory Garden

Michael Gray

ISBN 10: 3659276332 / ISBN 13: 9783659276330
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164 pages. Dimensions: 8.7in. x 5.9in. x 0.4in.Twenty years after Stuart Moulthrop created Victory Garden Michael Gray revisits the now-classic hyperfiction to explore not just why the work earns the moniker academic, but also what such a dismissive label overlooks in the reading experience. Moulthrops hyperlinked, web-like plot badgers his readers with indecision, envelops them in a fog of information, and ultimately requires them to one, give up; or two, avoid the brutal cost of war by choosing a well-hidden but cheerful Hollywood ending; or three, sacrifice the protagonist in a tragedy-confirming gesture of realism. Moulthrops labyrinthine plot entangles his readers in a postmodern test case: as readers, we see, as per parallax, the First Gulf War through the eyes of a U. S. college town, emails sent to and from U. S. troops, and night vision enhanced, network TV coverage. Causality is not a feature of Victory Gardens simulacra. Gray locates Moulthrops greatest success in the moment when readers succumb to the pressures of aporia, suspend their search, and assume Emily has died. This decision, suggests Gray, reflects Moulthrops real intention and effectively shifts the burden of tragedy from Scud missile to reader. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783659276330

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Title: Realizing Ineffable Tragedy in Stuart ...

Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

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Twenty years after Stuart Moulthrop created Victory Garden Michael Gray revisits the now-classic hyperfiction to explore not just why the work earns the moniker "academic," but also what such a dismissive label overlooks in the reading experience. Moulthrop's hyperlinked, web-like plot badgers his readers with indecision, envelops them in a fog of information, and ultimately requires them to one, give up; or two, avoid the brutal cost of war by choosing a well-hidden but cheerful Hollywood ending; or three, sacrifice the protagonist in a tragedy-confirming gesture of realism. Moulthrop's labyrinthine plot entangles his readers in a postmodern test case: as readers, we see, as per parallax, the First Gulf War through the eyes of a U.S. college town, emails sent to and from U.S. troops, and night vision enhanced, network TV coverage. Causality is not a feature of Victory Garden's simulacra. Gray locates Moulthrop's greatest success in the moment when readers succumb to the pressures of aporia, suspend their search, and assume Emily has died. This decision, suggests Gray, reflects Moulthrop's real intention and effectively shifts the burden of tragedy from Scud missile to reader.

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A 2012 recipient of the Master of Arts Degree from Western Kentucky University, Michael Gray has also studied painting at The Art Institute of Chicago. He holds two Bachelor degrees in liberal arts.Currently, Michael is an adjunct teacher of composition at WKU. Previously, he worked as a landscape-focused artist and a culture-blending chef.

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