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Mark Z. Danielewski

This is the first book-length study of Mark Z. Danielewski, an American novelist who is rapidly establishing himself as a leading figure in the landscape of contemporary literature. It places his three major works to date, House of Leaves, The Fifty Year Sword and Only Revolutions, in their literary-historical context, and considers them alongside the media platforms which they have inspired, including internet forums and popular music. Leading critics examine Danielewski's pioneering novels, generating new insights into their innovative interplay of word and image. A variety of critical perspectives are adopted, from the close analysis of the poetic form of Only Revolutions to the consideration of the effects of his work on the reader. Danielewski's use of epic tropes is explored, as too is the relationship of his work to that of his most influential predecessors (including James Joyce) and his most relevant contemporaries (including David Foster Wallace). His radical reappraisal of the dynamic possibilities that the printed book has to offer in this digital age is a common theme. The book will be of significant interest to all scholars working on Danielewski, as well as to students of the American novel, contemporary literature, and twenty-first century media culture. It will also appeal to Danielewski's many fans, and all those, who like the contributors to this volume, have been inspired by his work. -- .
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Joe Bray and Alison Gibbons I. House of Leaves 1. This is not for you: Alison Gibbons 2. Katabasis in Danielewski's House of Leaves and two other recent American novels: Finn Fordham 3. Houses of leaves, cinema and the new affordances of old media: Paul McCormick 4. This Haunted House: Intertextuality and Interpretation in Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves (2000) and Poe's Haunted (2000): Mel Evans 5. Trickster Authors and Tricky Readers on the MZD forums: Bronwen Thomas II. The Fifty Year Sword 6. Reading the Graphic Surface of Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword: Glyn White III. Only Revolutions 7. Only Evolutions: Joyce and Danielewski's Works in Progress: Dirk Van Hulle 8. Only Revolutions, or, The Most Typical Poem in World Literature: Brian McHale 9. Mapping time, charting data: the spatial aesthetic of Mark Z. Danielewski's Only Revolutions: N. Katherine Hayles 10. Print Interface to Time: Only Revolutions at the Crossroads of Narrative and History: Mark B. N. Hansen 11. Only Revolutions and the Drug of Rereading: Joe Bray Contributors Index -- .

About the Author

Joe Bray is Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield. Alison Gibbons is Lecturer in Stylistics, Language and Literature at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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