Irony is, of course, a turf fictionists have long worked with zeal.
This is why the derision so many older fictionists heap on a "Brat Pack" generation they see as insufficiently critical of mass culture is simultaneously apt and misguided.
Another grievance against the family current among fictionists then was that it had wrongly moralized, even sanctified, itself to cover up the carnality at its core.
These two phenomena together go a long way toward explaining the trouble that European fictionists all at once found with the family from 1879 forward--especially inasmuch as their grievances against it took shape fictionally, which is to say imaginatively rather than logically, or more in the way of dreams than of arguments.
She writes, "Constructing |passing' as a set of attitudes toward the middle class and concomitantly toward the past reveals a continuity between the woman-authored novels of the Harlem Renaissance and a number of major works by women fictionists
of the 1980s" (p.
I think we all know intuitively what goes wrong in art when the self goes out to the myriad things like a conquering army, trying to make them express it (though we might differ enormously as to just which poets and fictionists
most embody this failing).
Television can give us the news, innovative fictionists
argue; novels and short stories can better express our response to the news.
References to Porter's introduction indicate that reviewers held this writer in high esteem as a fictionist
and critic of the short story.