Andrew McCann

Andrew McCann

is a Professor of English at Dartmouth College in the USA.

About Andrew McCann

Andrew McCann is a Professor of English at Dartmouth College in the USA. His most recent books are Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain and Christos Tsiolkas and the Fiction of Critique: Politics, Obscenity, Celebrity.

Articles about Andrew McCann

Articles by Andrew McCann

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Allegory and the German (Half) Century: Imperium

‘Imperium is an allusion-filled, meta-fictional, inter-textual experiment that calls it own literary heritage into question, as if a certain kind of aesthetic experience were also one of the casualties of German history.’ Andrew McCann on Imperium, the first of Swiss author Christian Kracht’s works to appear in English.

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Heroes, Tombs and Street Names: Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction

At the conclusion of Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe, Chris Andrews captures the tension between the public articulation of Bolaño’s now canonical status and the almost inexhaustible fascination he provokes. Admitting that his own book of criticism is participating in the ‘process of monumentalization’ that has been going on around Bolaño virtually since his death, Andrews also reminds us of the ‘incalculably diffusive’ effects of Bolaño’s work.

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Portrait of the Theorist as a Young Man: The Double Life of Paul de Man

The wager behind Barish’s book is twofold. Firstly, the book assumes that understanding de Man’s early life will cast some light on his subsequent work as a scholar and theorist. Secondly, and more pressingly, there is the possibility that de Man himself might emerge as a genuine ‘character’; that enough smaller transgressions and indiscretions can be clustered around the fact of collaboration to flesh out a coherent portrait of an anti-hero who never escapes his psychological and moral flaws.

Lives of the Publishers

In his posthumously published masterpiece 2666, Roberto Bolaño is clear-sighted enough to know that a visionary writer amounts to little without a visionary publisher. What would Benno von Archimboldi, the ‘great black shark’ of world literature, have been without Jacob Bubis, the German publisher unconditionally committed to him?

The Spectacle of Disintegration by McKenzie Wark

Low Theory

Wark’s two books work sequentially, although they also loop around the same figures and concepts. They could be treated as histories of the Situationist milieu and its aftermaths, but to do so would miss entirely what makes them such compelling and, at times, hilarious reading.

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Metropolis of Death

We could describe it as a memoir, given that Kulka’s own boyhood experiences in Auschwitz are at its centre. But the term memoir barely seems adequate to the introspective, often poetic, sometimes hallucinatory moments that it captures.