Understanding Dave Eggers

Understanding Dave Eggers

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Understanding Dave Eggers is the first book-length study incorporating Eggera€™s novels, short-story collections, and films by surveying thematic and stylistic developments in the work of one of the most celebrated American authors of the twenty-first century. Timothy W. Galow offers a textual analysis centered on major issues in academic scholarship, but explores them in an accessible way that gives Eggersa€™s texts primary attention. Unlike other scholarship on Eggers, this work uniquely combines Eggera€™s early autobiographical works and the subject of celebrity as well as his later texts that deal with humanitarian issues. Galow devotes a chapter to each of Eggersa€™s major works, from his first book, the Pulitzer Prizea€“nominated memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though his most recent novel, A Hologram for the King, a National Book Award finalist about an aging American businessman chasing success in Saudi Arabia. Other chapters cover You Shall Know Our Velocity, What Is the What, and Zeitoun. Each chapter studies the major themes and styles of the featured work while also placing it in the context of Eggersa€™s oeuvre. In this way Galow examines each text in its own right, but he also offers us a larger guide to all of Eggera€™s work. Providing important historical background for understanding Eggersa€™s literary work, Galow examines how Eggersa€™s texts are deeply invested in both his own public persona and the changing cultural conditions in the United States over the past twenty years. Galowa€™s careful analysis is conveyed in clear language that engages issues important to contemporary critics without being pedantic or jargon laden. As a result Understanding Dave Eggers can serve as a useful introduction to the authora€™s work or a valuable resource for the devoted reader.The boys have to write autobiographical statements, and they quickly develop guidelines. One needs to emphasize ongoing persecution in Kakuma or Sudan so that there is a strong justification for relocation. One should not have livinganbsp;...

Title:Understanding Dave Eggers
Author: Timothy W. Galow
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2014-11-12

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