Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Literary fueding, James Wood, continued

More context and another round fired recently in The Elegant Variation -- a long-lost list of some of James Wood's faves.

I disagree with TEV's implication that this list negates any of the criticism people might have with his stand on so-called "hysterical realism." Nobody serious is saying that he's stuck on Flaubert--that's a straw man argument. They're saying that he has rejected a category of contemporary fiction as inherently unworkable instead of evaluating to see if their particular attempts at the form have worked. And they've got specific instances in Wood's writing on which to base that interpretation.

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