What Should The New Novel Look Like?

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“Man is here, the world is there and the distance between the two lies at the heart of the new novel project.”

Andrew Gallix at The Guardian Book Blog reminds us to look at the work of the literary critic Alain Robbe-Grillet while we’re freaking out about David Shield’s Reality Hunger and the future of the novel.

See also the Reality Boredom, the Rumpus original essay on Reality Hunger.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →