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Schröder, Markus. "Nice
guys finish last: Sozialkritik in den Romanen T. Coraghessan Boyle."
Die Blaue Eule, Essen 1997, 257 p. ISBN: 3-89206-840-2. Here is an
primarily in German; TCB quotes are in English.
Sections of Books
Adams, Michael. "T. Coraghessan Boyle." DLB Yearbook 1986: 281-286.
Babel, Isaak; Beckett, Samuel; Boyle, T. Coraghessan.; Davenport, Guy.; Dixon, Stephen; James, M. R.; Ligotti, Thomas.; Michaels, Leonard; Phillips, Jayne Anne; West, Nathanael. "Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers." Gale Research , Inc. 16 (1994). ISBN: 0810389312.
Bery, Ashok (editor and intro.). "'It's a Free Country': Visions of Hybridity in the Metropolis." Houndmills, England-New York, NY; Macmillan-St. Martin's (2000): 81-92. Mukherjee, Bharati - compared to Boyle, T. Coraghessan - Jasmine - The Tortilla Curtain - treatment of cross-cultural contact - relationship to hybridity - American identity.
Carnes, Mark. "Novel History : Historians & Novelists Confront America's Past (and Each Other)." New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2001, 336 p. ISBN: 0-6848-5765-0. How accurately 20 authors reflect history in their novels is studied in these essays. Each novelist is paired with an author; in this case, T. Coraghessan Boyle and historian Michael Kammen discuss Boyle's book, "World's End."
Crunden, Robert. "A Brief History of American Culture." Paragon House, 1994. 363 p. ISBN 1557787050.
DeCurtis, Anthony. "Rocking
My Life Away: Writing about Music and Other Matters." Duke
Dewey, Joseph. "Novels from Reagan's America: A New Realism." University Press of Florida, 1999. 256p. ISBN 0-8130-1714-9.
Douglas, Christopher. "Reciting America: Culture and Cliché in Contemporary U.S. Fiction." University of Illinois Press, 2001, 240 p. ISBN: 0-252-02603-9.
Hart, James David. "The Oxford Companion to American Literature." Oxford University Press, 1995. 779 p. ISBN 0195065484. Contains biographical entry.
Hume, Katherine. "American Dream, American Nightmare: Fiction Since 1960." University of Illinois Press, 2000, 360 p. ISBN 0-252-02556-3.
Miller, Laura with Adam Begley (editors). "The salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors." New York: Penguin Books, 2000, 455 p.. ISBN 0-14-028088-X. Chapter on Boyle by Peter Kurth, pp. 56-57.
Waxler and Trounstine, Jean R. (editors). "Changing Lives Through Literature." University of Notre Dame Press, 1999. 348 p. ISBN 0268008396.
Witte, Arnd. "Fremd- und Eigenerfahrung
in Westafrika: Am Beispiel von Gertraud Heises Reise in die schwarze Haut
und T. Coraghessan Boyle's 'Water Music'." Heidelberg: Carl
Winter Univ.-verl. (1995): 374-390. In German.
Dalrymple, Terence A. "T.C. Boyle as Tragedian, Robert Johnson as Tragic Hero: An Analysis of Boyle's Story 'Stones in My Passway, Hellhound on My Trail'." Short Story 8:1 (Spring 2000) 69-77. ISSN: 1052-648X. In English.
D'haen, Theo. "The Return of History and Minorization of New York: T. Coraghessan Boyle and Richard Russo." Revue Française d'Études Americaines 17:62 (November 1994) 393-403. ISSN: 0397-7870. In English.
Douglas, Christopher. "Tracking 'The Wild Man of the Green Swamp': Orientalism, Clichés, and the Preoccupation of Language." English Studies in Canada 23:3 (September, 1997): 331-355. Author's Note: This article basically tracks down the real event that Boyle's novel "East Is East" is based on -- a Taiwanese merchant sailor who jumped ship off Florida in 1974 and lived in the Green Swamp not too far from Disneyworld for eight months until he was captured by authorities. The article traces his this man's reception in terms of popular tv shows, news reports of Japanese war holdouts on Pacific islands in the decades following 1945, the Vietnam war, and even a different fictional retelling of this actual event in Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men (1980). This article is, I must say, a must read for those interested in "East is East" and is, as far as I know, the only work to have discovered the true incident upon which the novel is based.
Law, Danielle. "Caught in the Current: Plotting History in "Water Music." In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism 5:1 (March 1995): 41:50. In English.
Marin, Paco. "Entrevista a T. Coraghessan Boyle: Un Autor moderamente Terrenal." Quimera: Revista de Literatura 111 (July 1992): 32-38. ISSN: 0211-3325. In Spanish.
Pope, Dan. "A Different Kind of Post-Modernism." The Gettysburg Review 3:4 (Autumn 1990): 658-669. ISSN: 0898-4557. In English.
Raabe, David M. "Boyle's ' Descent of Man'." Explicator 58:4 (Summer 2000): 223-226. ISSN: 0014-4940. In English.
Schenker, Daniel. "A Samurai in the South: Cross-Cultural Disaster in T. Coraghessan Boyle's 'East Is East'." The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South 34:1 (Fall 1995): 70-80. ISSN: 0038-4496. In English.
Stoneham, Geraldine. "'It's a Free Country': Bharati Mukherjee's Vision of Hybridity in the Metropolis." Wasafiri: Journal of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures and Film 24 (Autumn 1996): 18-21. ISSN: 0269-0055. In English.
"T. Coraghessan Boyle." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 36: 56-64.
"T(homas) Coraghessan Boyle: 'World's End'; The PEN/Faulkner Award: Fiction." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 55: 105-111.
Vaid, Krishna Baldev. "Franz Kafka Writes to T. Coraghessan Boyle." Michigan Quarterly Review 35:3 (Summer 1996): 53-57. ISSN: 0026-2420. In English.
Walker, Michael. "Boyle's
'Greasy Lake' and the Moral Failure of Postmodernism." Studies
in Short Fiction 31:2 (Spring 1994): 247-255. ISSN: 0039-3789.
"A Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction Featuring T. Coraghessan Boyle" was held at his alma mater, the State University of New York at Potsdam on September 28-30, 1995. Papers presented there are designated with an asterisk (*). I hope to be able to provide links to them at a future date if they become available.
Papers listed without an asterisk are derived from other sources.
*Aldridge, John W. "The Bountifully Talented Mr. Boyle. SUNY Potsdam, New York, September 29, 1995.
Alexander, Mary. The Role of Mass Media in Inter-cultural Miscommunication [East Is East] . University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI, April 24-26, 1998.
*Anderson, Mark A.
"'World's End': A Paradigm for the Fiction of T.C. Boyle." SUNY Potsdam,
"New Kid on the Block: The Critical Reception of T.C. Boyle's 'Water Music'."
*Bellamy, Joe David. "Dazzingly Excesses--The Short Fiction of T. Coraghessan Boyle." Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*Bronson, Tammy J. "Emptiness and Despair: Christian Consolation in Milton, Arnold, and Boyle." SUNY Potsdam, New York, September 28, 1995.
Brunner, Elizabeth. Ecstasy in a Frog Pond: T. Coraghessan Boyle and the Sublime. 1996, for Literary Theory class at Cal Poly.
*Conroe, Jack. "Looking for Boyle in Updike." Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Cooke, Stewart J. "Revisiting the Heart of Darkness: Water Music as a New, Old Novel. McGill University. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Davis, Matthew R. "Sign, Symbol, Token and Signifier: Reading 'World's End'." University of Washington. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*De Bellis, Jack. "Eating Disorders and Disorderly Eating in Boyle and Updike." Lehigh University. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Dewey, Joseph. "In the Jaws of the (S)napping Turtle: Deidrich Knickerbocker, 'World's End', and Chaos Theory. " University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*Douglas, Christopher. "Dreaming America: Cliches in T.C. Boyle's 'East Is East' and Russell Banks' 'Continental Drift'." University of Toronto. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*Friedman, Sorel. "And never the twain shall meet: insiders and outsiders in 'East Is East'." University of Montreal. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*Griffin, William Earl. "Dynamical Structure in T.C. Boyle's 'Rupert Beersley and the Beggar Master of Sivani-Hoota'." SUNY Potsdam, New York, September 28, 1995. e-mail: email@example.com
Giuliano, Matt. Haste in the Short Stories of T.C. Boyle. Brighton High School, 1997.
Harris, Jeffrey P. Tragedy in the Works of T. Coraghessan Boyle. <http://home.rochester.rr.com/biffio/jeff/jharr.html>
*Henry, Matthew. Fact or Fiction: Historical Indeterminacy in T. Coraghessan Boyle's "Water Music." Unpublished Lecture. Syracuse University, NY. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Knapp, Vincent J. "T. Coraghessan Boyle and Modern Existentialism." Unpublished Lecture. SUNY Potsdam, September 29, 1995.
*Lang, James M., Ph.D. "The Construction of History in T.C. Boyle's 'World's End'." Unpublished Lecture. Northwestern University. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, New York, September 29, 1995. 132 Elm St., Glenview, IL 60025; (847) 657-0873; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Levine, Nancy and Jason Mauro. "The Road to Wellville: Is the Academy the 'Peristaltic Optimum?'" University of North Florida. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
Loibnegger, Andrea. Issues of the United States-Mexican Borderland with a Focus on T.C. Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain. SE 551.501 Core Problems in American Studies: Ethnicity; Maureen Devine, Wintersemester 2000/2001. In PDF format, 79.7 KB.
*Lynch, James. "T.C. Boyle: Class of '68." Orange County (California) Community College. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*Ma, Wentong. "The Meaning of Death in Kafka and Boyle. SUNY Binghamton. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Martin, Richard. "History and Moment: Micro-Time and Macro-Time in T. Coraghessan Boyle's Fiction." Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 29, 1995.
*McNally, John. "With Affection and Just a Bit of Shame from Elassoma Okefenoke, Or, How I Intend to Carve and Entire Career Out of One Semester as T.C. Boyle's Research Assistant." University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
*Nolan, Ernest. "Mongrels Amok in the City of Brotherly Love: Cultural Identity and Insoluable Conflicts in T.C. Boyle's 'East Is East'." Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, New York, September 29, 1995.
Nolan, Ernest. "Presentation on T. C. Boyle's 'World's End'." Baldwin Public Library Birmingham, MI and Michigan Humanities Council. Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, October 18, 1995.
Schönthier. Melanie. "Der Entwicklungsprozess der Protagonenistenpaare und ihr Verhältnis zur amerikanischen Gesellschaft in T.C. Boyles "The Tortilla Curtain." ("The process of development of the protagonists and their relation to the American society in The Tortilla Curtain.") University of Munich, 2002:28 pages. Melanie writes that she is "studying American cultural history, American literature and politics at the University of Munich and I wrote this paper for a seminar in American literature called 'What´s new? From realism to neo-realism'." Note: This paper is written in German.
*Staunton, John A. "T. Coraghessan Boyle's Extinction Tales: Angelism, Bestialism, and Descent of Man." Fordham University. Presented at SUNY Potsdam, NY, September 30, 1995.
Vorrasi, John. "History
Recycled in the Works of T.C. Boyle." <http://home.rochester.rr.com/biffio/john/jvorr.html>
Theses & Dissertations
Bonis, Andrea Eszter. "Tragic Misunderstanding: Cultural Misconceptions and the Relativity of Perception in T. Coraghessan Boyle's 'East Is East'." California State University, Long Beach, 1994: 121 pp. Degree : M.A.. Advisor: Gene L. Dinielli.
In this dissertation, I subject
five new, old novels--John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor and LETTERS, Erica
Jong's Fanny, T. Coraghessan Boyle's Water Music, and John Fowles's The
French Lieutenant's Woman--to a detailed analysis, which compares the parodic
role of archaic devices in each contemporary novel to the serious use made
of such devices in the past. I argue that new, old novels, by juxtaposing
old and new world views, foreground the ontological concerns of fiction
and suggest that literary representation is constitutive rather than imitative
of reality. Their examination of the relationship between fiction and reality
places them at the centre of contemporary concern.
.....The Conclusion looks at T.
Coraghessan Boyle's East is East, and suggests that the racial, racist
cliché is a type of "preoccupied" signification, a form of repeated
discourse which short-circuits its flexibility in representing the real....
Including books by Evelyn Waugh,
Graham Greene, and Saul Bellow, the first generation largely ignores the
political changes occurring in Africa during the twilight of the colonial
era. These authors exhibit little deviation from the traditions that
reached their acme as much as sixty years earlier in the works of Winston
Churchill, Joseph Conrad, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Writing primarily in
the 1970s, second generation authors, such as V. S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux,
and John Updike, are more openly political than their predecessors. However,
their works amount to Africanist adjustments to post-colonial conditions.
Reading the figure of the self-made
man as the privileged signifier of America, I suggest that the dominant
discourses of the nation project nation-building into the libidinal register
of heterosexual desire and help to engender American citizens by creating
(or denying) an erotic investment in the national romance. While the mythologized
figure of the self-made man functions as a powerful tool for maintaining
patriarchal values and practices, as the marker of an impossibly patriarchal
order he also stands in for an impossible Americanness. Exploring the gendered
dynamics of self-making and nation-building constructed in Willa Cather's
O Pioneers! and My Antonia, William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Go
Down, Moses, Ann Petry's The Street, John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia
Fire, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, and T. Coraghessan Boyle's World's
End, I argue that this paradox leads to cultural and individual amnesias,
but also allows for resistant re-rememberings of history. As the primary
fetish for national desire, the self-made man includes and excludes all
Americans in various and differing ways, so that subjects of the nation
occupy the awkward and ambivalent position of simultaneous identification
and dis-identification with him.
ABSTRACT: Although I cannot
read German, thanks to Sandra's previous correspondence, I know that the
subject of this paper is "Health and Food in the Work of T. Coraghessan
Chapter One examines how important
the short story form is for Boyle, how he seeks to make connections by
writing them, and how he satirizes with them. Chapter Two looks at how
Boyle expands his satire by fostering a primarily satiric image of himself.
Chapter Three explains how Boyle expands his satire once again by borrowing
plot devices from other writers to use in his own short stories. Chapter
Four shows how Boyle uses his short stories to examine his own role as
a writer, and Chapter Five explores Boyle's awareness of the ways books
are often misused and how this affects him as an author.
Through detailed textual analyses I uncover an array of suppressed meanings in these novels contributing to a depiction of Leftists as perverts, traitors, and murderers. I discover media images of Lee Harvey Oswald serving as a 'politically unconscious' blueprint behind these unfavorable portrayals of Leftists. It is not surprising then that Leftists--a "political Other" in the postmodern novel--are cast in ambiguous roles; they appear responsible for the political violence which erupted in the late sixties nationwide, but they also lead the reader towards concealed entrances into utopian spaces, beyond contemporary ideology.
My analyses of the typically postmodern
views on History presented in these four novels reveal the inability of
these mainstream postmodern novelists to take a radically critical stand
on social, cultural, and historical issues relevant for the sixties and
indicative of late-capitalism in the United States. The lack of radical
social critique in the postmodern American novel contrasts not only some
modernist portrayals of the American Left before World War Two, but also
contemporary novels about the Left and the sixties written by women and
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