Brooklyn's Fiction Scene as Seen from Abroad: QA with a British Expert
Huffington Post - 5 months
On the eve of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival, we caught up with Professor James Peacock, author of the remarkable Brooklyn Fictions, one of the most comprehensive and incisive surveys of the Brooklyn literary scene. A UK citizen, Peacock is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literatures and Programme Director for American Studies and English at Keele University.
What are the salient themes among contemporary Brooklyn writers?
"Whether you're looking at the romantic tradition of Brooklyn fictions, those that affirm certain values popularly associated with the borough such as diversity, community spirit, and the embrace of history, or the 'gritty' tradition, novels such as Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn, Gilbert Sorrentino's Steelwork, or Michael G. Stephens' The Brooklyn Book of the Dead which are characterized by poverty, crapulence, violence and resentment, the themes turn out to be similar.
They include immigrant experience; changing neighborhoods; the d
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