James Wood

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James Wood (born 1965) is a British literary critic


The Irresponsible Self (2004)

  • The big contemporary novel is a perpetual motion machine that appears to have been embarrassed into velocity. It seems to want to abolish stillness, as if ashamed of silence. Stories and sub-stories sprout on every page, and these novels continually flourish their glamorous congestion.
    • Hysterical realism
  • An excess of storytelling has become the contemporary way of shrouding, in majesty, a lack; it is the Sun King principle. The lack is the human.
    • Hysterical realism



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