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Gain Richard Powers Powers is part of the generation called Post Modern American Writers - 1 st generation authors—John Barth ( Lost in the Funhouse ), Joseph Heller ( Catch 22 ), and Kurt Vonneget ( Slaughterhouse Five ) - 2 nd generation authors—Paul Auster (concerned about metaphysical and linguistic questions) - 3 rd generation authors—Mark Leyner ( My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist ), David Foster Wallace ( Oblivion ), William Vollmann ( Rainbow Stories ), Susan Diatch ( L.C. ), and Richard Powers o The 3 rd generation sees themselves coming on the other side of theory— the notion of deconstructing the conventions of the novel, but they still want to write about social issues. While at the same time creating an illusion that the novel reflects the social real in fiction. We get an array of approaches In Gain, we get two narratives: - One from the social and historical and the other that gives the individual - At one point both narratives come together We get a larger historical social alongside the personal narrative, and although we don’t gat a one on one correspondence between the two that could be implicated in the cancer that Laura has. Powers has a huge amount of research and incorporates it into his novels. Powers father dies of cancer and he falls apart which is one of the passions that he wanted to know more about how someone gets cancer. “Crackpot Realism” - He wants to expose realism, but also wants to tell a good story about the social real. We get the historic research about the beginning of commerce and corporation and also research about ovarian cancer. We get the correlation between economy and ecology. He tells the history of an American business and about the home life of a woman with cancer – he wants her to be every 42-year-old woman. The genealogy of capitalism with a particular soap and candle company (like Proctor and Gamble) Clare, and Laura, a woman who lives in Lacewood where Gain in located finds she has ovarian cancer.
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We see the Clare Company survive through wars and depressions and continue to grow— it is a Christian company and it eventually become incorporated where things start to break down. In the beginning the company had very good intentions—“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” making and distributing soap and candles for education where children would be able to study after dark. The house of Clare converts waste into something good. The Main Narrative - An historical narrative that unfolds the business of Clare from its beginnings to the huge conglomerate corporation it is today, and a year in the life of Laura as she battles her terminal cancer. o Clare’s cancer may have been caused by the Clare Company. But when we come down with cancer we really don’t know who caused it so blame becomes problematic – it could have come from anywhere, but we know that there is blame somewhere we just don’t know from where. The two narratives begin to bump into each other as the story unfolds.
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENGL 3354 taught by Professor Hogue during the Spring '06 term at University of Houston.

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