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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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