Guy Davenport Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

Guy Davenport Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

First and foremost, Guy Davenport was a practicing modernist in a postmodernist literary world. In much of his fiction, he employs standard modernist techniques, still called “experimental” by more conservative critics. By using methods usually associated with the visual art of collage, he juxtaposes images of the past with the present, hoping to demonstrate the persistent efficacious energies of the archaic and how they can still be used to redeem humankind from the relentless onslaught of mechanization. These energies reside in the human imagination as it intersects and interacts with the local environment in much the same way that Ezra Pound, one of Davenport’s major influences, and William Carlos Williams present the...

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