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Title: Minimalism in twentieth-century American writing
Author: Alexander, Karen
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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My PhD thesis identifies a "will to reduction" in twentieth-century American literature as a significant trend that I trace from the Modernist era to the contemporary period. I locate the origins of contemporary literary Minimalism in Modernist experimentation. In an early chapter I identify reductive tendencies and the values informing them in Imagism, Objectivism, and the writings of Ernest Hemingway and William Carlos Williams. These form the foundation for a tradition of American Minimalism, which I then document in contemporary literature. Robert Creeley is an inheritor of the Objectivists' Minimalist leanings, which recur, by emulation or partial disagreement, in the poetry of Aram Saroyan and Robert Grenier. Raymond Carver renews the Hemingway tradition in his short stories, and one chapter of my thesis considers Carver along with Mary Robison, who has also written a Minimalist novel. Radical, sustained experiments in Minimalism by Robert Lax, Lydia Davis, and David Markson are the subject of subsequent chapters. Their work represents recent versions of Minimalism in poetry, the short story, and the novel. Recurring themes in my thesis are the ways in which some of these authors have been influenced by visual art, and philosophical issues raised by literary experiments in Minimalism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.673839  DOI: Not available
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