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An Interview With Rachel Kushner

An Interview With Rachel Kushner R A C H E L K U S H N E R Lucy Raven an interview with RACHEL KUSHNER Conducted by Matthew Hart and Alexander Rocca hese are the days of the insta-celeb, the ravening trend. Literary reputations can be launched with one novel (Jonathan Safran Foer, Chad Harbach) or even part of an unpublished book (Zadie Smith). Literature has always had its early-born heroes and precocious divines; Byron is said to have awakened one day to find himself famous, while This Side of Paradise won F. Scott Fitzgerald both fame and a wife. But who would suggest that literary stardom today more often comes more quickly than most ever before? Even the language of overinflation is overinflated. In such a fervid atmosphere, there's something reassuring about the rise to prominence of Rachel Kushner (b. 1968). It's not that Kushner is somehow immune to the logic of celebrity--far from it. She is fascinated by the cultivation of legends and the circulation of spectacular commodities; this theme, as much as the overt topic of imperialism in the Caribbean, links the three stories of her most recent book, a slim and beautifully designed New Directions volume titled The Strange http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

An Interview With Rachel Kushner

Contemporary Literature , Volume 56 (2) – Sep 1, 2015

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R A C H E L K U S H N E R Lucy Raven an interview with RACHEL KUSHNER Conducted by Matthew Hart and Alexander Rocca hese are the days of the insta-celeb, the ravening trend. Literary reputations can be launched with one novel (Jonathan Safran Foer, Chad Harbach) or even part of an unpublished book (Zadie Smith). Literature has always had its early-born heroes and precocious divines; Byron is said to have awakened one day to find himself famous, while This Side of Paradise won F. Scott Fitzgerald both fame and a wife. But who would suggest that literary stardom today more often comes more quickly than most ever before? Even the language of overinflation is overinflated. In such a fervid atmosphere, there's something reassuring about the rise to prominence of Rachel Kushner (b. 1968). It's not that Kushner is somehow immune to the logic of celebrity--far from it. She is fascinated by the cultivation of legends and the circulation of spectacular commodities; this theme, as much as the overt topic of imperialism in the Caribbean, links the three stories of her most recent book, a slim and beautifully designed New Directions volume titled The Strange

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Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Sep 1, 2015

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