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Kurt Vonnegut : images and representations
Leeds, Marc.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The divine stupidity of Kurt Vonnegut: portrait of the novelist as bridge over troubled water / Leslie A. Fiedler -- Hurting 'til it laughs: the painful-comic science fiction stories of Kurt Vonnegut / Peter J. Reed -- It's all play-acting: authorship and identity in the novels of Kurt Vonnegut / Michelle Persell -- The paradox of "awareness" and language in Vonnegut's fiction / Loree Rackstraw -- Kurt Vonnegut's bitter fool: Kilgore Trout / Peter J. Reed -- Mother night: who's pretending? / Marc Leeds -- Mother night: fiction into film / Jerome Klinkowitz -- Vonnegut on film / Jerry Holt -- The morning after Mother night / Robert B. Weide -- The boys of Mother night / Nancy Kapitanoff -- Pilgrim's process / Eric Simenson -- In search of slaughterhouse-five / Julie A. Hibbard -- Unstuck in time: simultaneity as a foundation for Vonnegut's chrono-synclastic infundibula and other nonlinear time structures / Sharon Sieber -- The apotheosis of philanthropy: Kurt Vonnegut's God bless you, Mr. Rosewater / Donald E. Morse -- Kurt and Joe: the artistic collaboration of Kurt Vonnegut and Joe Petro III / John Dinsmore and Ollie Lyon -- More graphics by Kurt Vonnegut / Peter J. Reed.
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1360 Lexile.
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Since the publication of his first short stories in the 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut has enjoyed much popular acclaim and has, since the 1970s, gained growing amounts of attention from the scholarly community. In the course of his career, he has become increasingly concerned with visual images. While such imagery occurs in his short fiction and novels, he has also written plays, in which ideas are visually represented on the stage. In recent years, he has devoted more and more of his time and energy to graphic art, producing paintings that are then silk screened. The contributors to this volume look at the visual images created by Vonnegut in his literary art, along with the images and representations of his thought that increasingly are being brought to life in other media.

Much of Vonnegut's present significance, his talents as a mythmaker, and his impulse toward visual imagery were anticipated by Leslie Fiedler in The Divine Stupidity of Kurt Vonnegut, published in the September 1970 issue of Esquire. That essay is reprinted here as a prescient introduction to the volume. The essays that follow look at comic elements in Vonnegut's science fiction, the representation of authors in his works, and the translation of his writings into film. The book also examines Vonnegut's graphic art and includes photos of several of his works.

Author Notes

MARC LEEDS the author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium (1994) and the coeditor of The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (1996), both available from Greenwood Press.

PETER J. REED is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Writers for the 70s: Kurt Vonnegut (1972), the first full-length study of the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Since then, he has written many essays on Vonnegut. He is the author of The Short Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut (1997) and the coeditor of The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (1996), both available from Greenwood Press.

Table of Contents

Kurt VonnegutPeter J. Reed and Marc LeedsLeslie A. FiedlerPeter J. ReedMichelle PersellLoree RackstrawPeter J. ReedMarc LeedsJerome KlinkowitzJerry HoltRobert B. WeideNancy KapitanoffEric SimensonJulie A. HibbardSharon SieberDonald E. MorseJohn Dinsmore and Ollie LyonPeter J. Reed
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Divine Stupidity of Kurt Vonnegut: Portrait of the Novelist as Bridge over Troubled Waterp. 5
Hurting 'Til It Laughs: The Painful-Comic Science Fiction Stories of Kurt Vonnegutp. 19
It's All Play-Acting: Authorship and Identity in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegutp. 39
The Paradox of "Awareness" and Language in Vonnegut's Fictionp. 51
Kurt Vonnegut's Bitter Fool: Kilgore Troutp. 67
Mother Night: Who's Pretending?p. 81
Mother Night: Fiction into Filmp. 93
Vonnegut on Filmp. 101
The Morning after Mother Nightp. 107
The Boys of Mother Nightp. 115
Pilgrim's Processp. 131
In Search of Slaughterhouse-Fivep. 135
Unstuck in Time: Simultaneity as a Foundation for Vonnegut's Chrono-Synclastic Infundibula and other Nonlinear Time Structuresp. 147
The Apotheosis of Philanthropy: Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewaterp. 155
Kurt and Joe: The Artistic Collaboration of Kurt Vonnegut and Joe Petro IIIp. 165
More Graphics by Kurt Vonnegutp. 171
Selected Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 185
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 195