» Nonsite Author: Florence Dore
January 20th, 2013
The Rock Novel and Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude
By (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Perhaps it makes sense, then, to acknowledge that the impersonal has always been part of the personal; perhaps the generic and anonymity have been part of the private all along. When, in his discussion of Clarissa, Ian Watt describes the cult of letter-writing that motivated Fielding as a “microphone already tuned to the tones of private experience,” we might be tempted to claim that all novels, at least as filtered through Watt, are rock novels.

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