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Brothers and Beasts

An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

Brothers and Beasts( )
Editor: Bernheimer, Kate
Contribution by: Baldi, Brian
Barzak, Christopher
Beckman, Joshua
Vlautin, Willy
Bills, Greg
Chee, Alexander
Coover, Robert
Cech, Jiri
Gaiman, Neil
Goransson, Johannes
Kaminsky, Ilya
Kraft, Eric
Lock, Norman
Maguire, Gregory
Martone, Michael
Mejia, Michael
Schaffert, Timothy
Schwartz, David J.
Seshadri, Vijay
Siken, Richard
Suckling, Kieran
Tatar, Maria
VanderMeer, Jeff
Zipes, Jack
Almond, Steve
Foreword by: Tatar, Maria
Afterword by: Zipes, Jack
Series title:Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Publication Date:Oct 2007
Publisher:Wayne State University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $21.99
Book Description:

Breaks new ground in fairy-tale studies by offering male writers a chance to reflect on their relationships to fairy tales.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / American / General
Literary Criticism / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Language Arts & Disciplines / Writing / Authorship
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.201 x 7.925 x 0.545 Inches
Book Weight:0.849 Pounds
Author Biography
Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction. Coover likes to experiment with an abundance of differing styles. The Origin of the Brunists (1966), his first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism and mythical parallels. It deals with the rise following an Appalachian coal-mine disaster of a sect of worshipers made up of fundamentalists and theosophists whose leader, Giovanni Bruno, is less a preacher than a silent enigma. The principal analogue is apparently meant to be the founding of the Christian religion, but Coover's extensive irony requires that he reverse many of the traditional features of the Christian legend. The Universal Baseball Association (1968), Coover's most accessible novel to date, is also dominated by religious symbolism. Over the years, J. Henry Waugh, a middle-aged bachelor and accountant, has developed an elaborately structured game, which he plays with dice. His game is based on the mathematical probabilities of baseball. Every evening Henry plays his game and maintains his extensive record books. J. Henry Waugh is a surrogate for God, and the participants in his imaginary baseball league seem almost to come to life, raising as they do age-old questions about fate and free will, success and failure, games and religions.

Coover's Pricksongs and Descants (1969) is a collection of 20 short pieces and a theoretical "Prologo" in which the author states his belief that contemporary fiction should be based on familiar historical or mythical forms. Most of the stories in this volume, which was well received by critics, are based on biblical episodes or classical fairy tales retold in startling new ways.

The Public Burning (1977) is based on the controversial trial of the Rosenbergs. With the exception of a novel, A Night at the Movies (1992), Co

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