Chapter 16. Trash Fiction

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Stacey Olster Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch16

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Olster, S. (2009) Trash Fiction, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • trash fiction;
  • the high/low life as expressed by Matthew Arnold and T. S. Eliot;
  • conception of “great American people” comprised by “jerks”;
  • mixed media;
  • fall of the Berlin Wall - inspiring American writers to reassess cultural binaries;
  • Susan Sontag's theory of cultural disburdenment;
  • Eliot's The Waste Land (1922);
  • John Fiske's “excorporation”;
  • Coover's in “The Phantom of the Movie Palace”;
  • climactic scene in The Public Burning

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The High/Low Life

  • Mixed Media

  • References and Further Reading