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The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch--"angouleme"

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The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch Angouleme was first published in 1978 to the intense interest of science fiction readers and the growing community of SF scholars. Recalling Nabokov's commentary on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Roland Barthes' commentary on Balzac's Sarazine, and Grabinier's reading of The Heart of Hamlet, this boo The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch Angouleme was first published in 1978 to the intense interest of science fiction readers and the growing community of SF scholars. Recalling Nabokov's commentary on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Roland Barthes' commentary on Balzac's Sarazine, and Grabinier's reading of The Heart of Hamlet, this book-length essay helped prove the genre worthy of serious investigation. The American Shore is the third in a series of influential critical works by Samuel R. Delany, beginning with The Jewel-Hinged Jaw and Starboard Wine, first published in the late seventies and reissued over the last five years by Wesleyan University Press, which helped win Delany a Pilgrim Award for Science Fiction Scholarship from the Science Fiction Research Association of America. This edition includes the author's corrected text as well as a new introduction by Delany scholar Matthew Cheney."


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The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch Angouleme was first published in 1978 to the intense interest of science fiction readers and the growing community of SF scholars. Recalling Nabokov's commentary on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Roland Barthes' commentary on Balzac's Sarazine, and Grabinier's reading of The Heart of Hamlet, this boo The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch Angouleme was first published in 1978 to the intense interest of science fiction readers and the growing community of SF scholars. Recalling Nabokov's commentary on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Roland Barthes' commentary on Balzac's Sarazine, and Grabinier's reading of The Heart of Hamlet, this book-length essay helped prove the genre worthy of serious investigation. The American Shore is the third in a series of influential critical works by Samuel R. Delany, beginning with The Jewel-Hinged Jaw and Starboard Wine, first published in the late seventies and reissued over the last five years by Wesleyan University Press, which helped win Delany a Pilgrim Award for Science Fiction Scholarship from the Science Fiction Research Association of America. This edition includes the author's corrected text as well as a new introduction by Delany scholar Matthew Cheney."

43 review for The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch--"angouleme"

  1. 5 out of 5

    W.C.

    Delany wrote The American Shore as he was absorbing the concepts and techniques of Structuralism (incl. its various Post- and De- derivatives)in the mid-1970s. Delany subjects Thomas Disch's short story "Angouleme" to a line-by-line analysis, drawing out literary connections, linguistic webbing, social implications, and much more---some of which, in the grand Structuralist Analysis tradition, Disch almost certainly did not intend. This reading is not cumulative---that is, it does not build to a Delany wrote The American Shore as he was absorbing the concepts and techniques of Structuralism (incl. its various Post- and De- derivatives)in the mid-1970s. Delany subjects Thomas Disch's short story "Angouleme" to a line-by-line analysis, drawing out literary connections, linguistic webbing, social implications, and much more---some of which, in the grand Structuralist Analysis tradition, Disch almost certainly did not intend. This reading is not cumulative---that is, it does not build to a tidy summation but remains granular, though not centerless: at the center is Delany's then high degree of interest in the philosophy/deliniation of science fiction as a genre. (His later thoughts on this subject are rather different.) As my long-time great enthusiasm for Delany's work has from the beginning been based in the fact of his great strengths as a thinker---not as any kind of stylist or storyteller---this book remains fascinating, however many of its ideas may have been supplanted by his later ones. Here Delany's formal decision to go through the entire text of Disch's story (not a particularly inspired piece of writing,though Delany seems to have found it so) in as-written order forces him at times to struggle with his own structure---some lines are not very fertile, idea-wise---and at other times he only lightly touches on Disch's text while responding with brilliant, tangential flights of thought. (An oxbow of an exposition on the uses of dashes---as in em dash---is a good example of this.) The primary rewards of this book come not just from the ideas Delany offers but in watching his mind at work. There is a short biographical note at the back, detailing the relationship of the two authors to that point (a realtionship which, decades later, was to end badly), but The American Shore is almost entirely a dense intellectual exercise---and fascinating for it.

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