Is the writing workshop a crucible for an aesthetic based on shame?
The Program Era:
Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing
by Mark McGurl
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Some of the big questions about US fiction since World War II are obvious. Why did the enormous novel of technical, scientific, or historical knowledge become the highest credential for male writers (Pynchon, Gaddis, DeLillo, Wallace)—and why have its authors been mostly elite and white? Did fiction truly split up after the ’60s on lines of identity, as many think, so that female authors had to decide whether they were creating “women’s writing,” and the minimalists of the ’80s (Carver, Jayne Anne Phillips) became representatives of marginalized whiteness?
And there’s perhaps the most complex question of all: What has the movement of postwar writing into the university done to our literature? Few professional writers in the second half of the twentieth century escaped attending college. Many wound up in MFA
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