One of the curiosities of writing about living, producing authors is seeing one’s ideas verified, refuted, or out and out confused by the appearance of the newest novel or next stage in a writer’s career. I have seen all four of my major authors continue to produce into the twenty-first century, each departing in significant ways from the era of peripheral literature I have been exploring, though often, formal techniques or thematic choices recur that hark back to earlier work. I am led to speculate as to the degree to which the acceleration into an ever-more global economy and lifestyle is relevant in these evolutions, as well as the degree to which the onset of an Age of Affluence, its Celtic Tiger heyday now past, but with the rhetoric of economic growth ascendant, has worked to obscure the sorts of economic critiques that underlay the novels of the urban periphery.


Cultural Theory Formal Technique Urban Periphery Empirical Reality Scene Change 
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