Sweet Lechery: Reviews, Essays & Profiles

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The Porcupine's Quill, Dec 1, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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In Sweet Lechery, cultural journalist Jeet Heer offers a quirky collection of literary criticism that touches on a wide range of contemporary topics.

From Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick, from Seth to Marshall McLuhan, Heer considers the literary and social contributions of canonical authors, artists, theorists and polemicists alike. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and genres, he links sex to economics, porn to high-brow literature, and tackles the oddball themes of cannibalism and vegetable sex in Canadian fiction. He examines the struggles of science fiction writers and the artistic opportunities of comic artists, weighing in on partisan politics for good measure.

Rich with contextual detail and social commentary, these essays examine the cultural, historical and political forces that inform the books we read and write.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Philip Roth as Ghost Writer
15
Forging Van Gogh
23
Gail Singers Watching Movies
54
John Metcalfs Literary Wars
76
Atwoods MaddAddam Trilogy
82
Lisa Moores Caught
93
Zsuzsi Gartner The AntiMunro
99
Smut and Literature
110
Hugh Kenner RIP
124
Leo Strauss
133
NeoCon Novels
154
Little Nemo
197
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About the author (2014)

Jeet Heer is a cultural journalist and academic whose work has appeared in such publications as the National Post, Slate.com, the Boston Globe, The Walrus, The American Prospect and The Guardian.

He has co-edited eight books and been a contributing editor to another eight volumes. Heer co-edited A Cultural Studies Reader (University of Mississippi Press, 2008) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. With Chris Ware, Jeet continues to edit the Walt and Skeezix series from Drawn and Quarterly, which is now entering its fifth volume.

Heer divides his time between Toronto and Regina.

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