Robert Coover and the Generosity of the Page

Robert Coover and the Generosity of the Page

Stéphane Vanderhaeghe


Robert Coover and the Generosity of the Page is an unconventional learn of Robert Coover's paintings from his early masterpiece The starting place of the Brunists (1966) to the hot Noir (2010). Written within the moment individual, it bargains a self-reflexive research into the ways that Coover's tales usually problem the reader to withstand the conventions of sense-making or even literary feedback. by means of portraying characters misplaced in atmosphere they generally fail to understand, Coover's paintings playfully enacts a "(melo)drama of cognition" that mirrors the reader's personal wish to interpret and make experience of texts in unequivocal methods. This tendency in Coover's writing is indicative of a bigger refusal of the ready-made, of the once-and-for-all or the authoritative, celebrating as an alternative, in its generosity, the widening of possibilities—thus necessarily forcing the reader-critic to recognize the arbitrariness and artificiality of her responses.

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