“Includes some of the best analyses I’ve seen of contemporary fiction, younger American writers, and the social and artistic ‘problems’ they face. . . . The appreciation of them here is rather more serious and more generous than any American critic has seen fit to give them.”New York Newsday
Shopping in Space
Essays on America's Blank Generation Fiction
978-0-8021-3394-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • July 1994
The First Critical Look at America’s Most Controversial Young Writers
In the late 1980s America produced some of the most innovative, radical, fresh fiction in the world—fiction that was an accurate reflection of contemporary urban life and the sensibilities of a new generation. Books like Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City and Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero caused controversy and were immense popular and commercial successes. But once these books became hits the media dismissed the writers and their works as mere products of hype. There has not, in America, been any serious critical discourse on this generation of writers. Now two young British critics, Elizabeth Young and Graham Caveney, offer an incisive, provocative commentary on these writers, who, they argue, represent a significant shift in contemporary American literature.
Includes essays on:
Bret Easton Ellis