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The Great [$location adjective] Novel, and a lot about women and Greatness - Input Junkie
November 25th, 2013
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The Great [$location adjective] Novel, and a lot about women and Greatness
[personal profile] supergee linked to LeGuin vs. "The Great American Novel".

This reminded me that I'd posted about The Great World Novel, and Jo Walton picked the topic up at Tor.com.

A bit I like from Mohsin Hamid:
“Gatsby’s” beauty, “Blood Meridian’s” beauty, “Beloved’s” beauty don’t lie in their capturing something quintessentially American, for there is no such thing.

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Date:November 25th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
U. K. LeG. does have this habit of denying the existence of Robert Heinlein, who used to write the Great American Novel every five years or so.
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Date:November 25th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Which Heinlein novels do you have in mind?
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Date:November 26th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Beyond This Horizon, Starship Troopers, Stranger In A Strange Land, and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress come to mind.
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Date:November 27th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC)
Remembering from high school lit class -- The Great American Novel was really a *concept*, a Platonian "Ideal Form" that authors tried to instantiate, rather than a singular honor to compete for (since an Ideal Form, like a mathematical infinity, can only be approached and not achieved). The impetus was to overcome a long-standing idea that the New World wasn't capable of producing High Art, in this case Serious Novels.
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