One of America’s top younger writers presents a serious appreciation of voice in brief fiction, utilizing drama and poetry to border his discussion.
Discussing modern voice in American fiction, Stephens says: “There is a cadence which the author steals from the particular, shaping this rhythm into the voice of fiction. while stress enters into the equation of speech and voice, dramaturgical moments ensue. Actors transform phrases into residing moments. So do writers.”
Stephens attracts on international literature to demonstrate his notion of voice. He discusses early affects similar to Beckett, Kafka, Borges, and Babel. He makes a speciality of Paul Blackburn, Joel Oppenheimer, Gilbert Sorrentino, Hubert Selby, Jr., Vietnam warfare fiction writers (Larry Heinemann, Gustav Hasford, Stephen Wright, W. D. Ehrhart, Robert Auletta, between others), Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Stephen Dixon, Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and a number of others.
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