hysterical realism

pejorative term to describe certain realist-genre books

Hysterical realism, also called recherché postmodernism, is a term coined in 2000 by English critic James Wood to describe what he sees as a literary genre typified by a strong contrast between elaborately absurd prose, plotting, or characterization, on the one hand, and careful, detailed investigations of real, specific social phenomena on the other.
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genre: hysterical realism


Infinite Jest

1996 novel by David Foster Wallace

author: David Foster Wallace


An American Demon

book by Jack Grisham

author: Jack Grisham


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