Robert Coover Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Robert Coover Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In Robert Coover’s work, humanity is presented not as the center of the universe, the purpose of creation, but, instead, as the center of the fictions it itself creates to explain its existence. Only when people learn the crucial difference between these opposing viewpoints will they understand their possibilities and limitations; only then will they be free to use their imaginations to live life fully and in all its perplexing variety.

Coover strongly distrusts humankind’s reasoning faculty and, more particularly, the Enlightenment concept of human progress. As he explains in the prologue to Pricksongs and Descants, Coover finds himself in the same position that Miguel de Cervantes was in four hundred...

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