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Deadly Musings: Violence and Verbal Form in American Fiction


Violent scenes in American fiction are not only brutal, bleak, and gratuitous, writes Michael Kowalewski. They are also, by turns, comic, witty, poignant, and sometimes, strangely enough, even terrifyingly beautiful. In this fascinating tour of American fiction, Kowalewski examines incidents ranging from scalpings and torture in The Deerslayer to fish feeding off human viscera in To Have and Have Not , to show how highly charged descriptive passages bear on major issues concerning a writer's craft. Instead of focusing on ...

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    • Title: Deadly Musings by Michael Kowalewski
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Print ISBN: 9780691069739, 0691069735
    • eText ISBN: 9781400821174
    • Edition: 1993
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