Genre prejudice

Robyn Starkey rohina at
Wed Jul 16 12:36:04 EDT 2003

>>What I like about literary fiction:
>>1) interesting uses of words and arrangements of words (eg Everything is 
>>Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer)
>>2) playing around with literary ideas and constructs like form and genre 
>>(eg Small World by David Lodge)
>>3) interesting uses of imagery (eg The Passion by Jeanette Winterson)
>>4) erudition and smartarse literary and historical injokes (eg Baudolino 
>>by Umberto Eco)
>>5) discussion of wider ideas and/or morality and/or good and evil (eg 
>>Unless by Carol Shields)
>>I like to be challenged, I don't mind having to work to unpeel the layers 
>>of meaning in a text, like an onion.
>I like this list, Robyn - makes me want to go off and read all the books 
>(only read the David Lodge).  But you know what struck me about it?  Just 
>how much could apply to _Fire and Hemlock_ .  Not necessarily the only DWJ 
>which works, but the first one which came to mind.

I totally agree with you. I think the fact that Fire and Hemlock is often 
described as a "difficult" DWJ says something about how close to literary 
fiction her work sometimes comes.

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