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Sonia Baelo-Allué. Continuum: London and New York, 2011.




Sonia Baelo-Allué

Bret Easton Ellis's Controversial Fiction: Writing Between High and Low Culture. Continuum: London and New York, 2011. 228 pp. ISBN (10): 1441107916, ISBN (13): 978-1441107916



This title offers a textual and contextual analysis of Bret Easton Ellis' most important works, focusing on their reception, popular culture influences, and literary style. Both literary author and celebrity, Bret Easton Ellis represents a type of contemporary writer who draws from both high and the low culture, using popular culture references, styles and subject matters in a literary fiction that goes beyond mere entertainment. His fiction, arousing the interest of the academia, mass media and general public, has fuelled heated controversy over his work. This controversy has often prevented serious analysis of his fiction, and this book is the first monograph to fill in this gap by offering a comprehensive textual and contextual analysis of his most important works up to the latest novel "Imperial Bedrooms". Offering a study of the reception of each novel, the influence of popular, mass and consumer culture in them, and the analysis of their literary style, it takes into account the controversies surrounding the novels and the changes produced in the shifty terrain of the literary marketplace. It offers anyone studying contemporary American fiction a thorough and unique analysis of Ellis' work and his own place in the literary and cultural panorama.


Winner of the 2011 Enrique García Diez book award for literary research. Spanish Association for English and American Studies


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