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Choice Reviews Online

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 From the June 2007 Choice Reviews Online (a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries):

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The sky is falling and the novel is dead, so the doomsayers have proclaimed for years. Into this fray steps Fitzpatrick (Pomona College) with this intriguing study. Fitzpatrick avoids the obvious and tiresome argument and instead focuses on “what purposes the announcements of the death of print culture serve, and thus what all this talk about the end of the book tells us about those doing the talking.” In spite of the fact that book sales have never been more robust and all levels of the culture appear interested in and discuss books, writers especially often note the demise of print culture. Fitzpatrick examines what that obsession with extinction reveals about deeper anxieties at play in writers’ works. She builds on Harold Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence (CH, Sep’73) and examines writers such as Don De Lillo and Thomas Pynchon for their concerns with the presumed dominance of nonprint media. Fitzpatrick is an adroit critic, and her use of contemporary theory is clever and interesting. This is important reading for anyone interested in postmodern culture or contemporary American fiction. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. – D. W. Madden, California State University, Sacramento

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