Grunge Fiction

(1531 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Grunge fiction mainly deals with dissatisfied (sub)urbanites who endeavour to fill the vacuity and spleen of their existence with music, drugs, sexual delight, and intoxication. For Kirsty Leishman, grunge fiction features disfranchised young characters who try to alleviate an “ever-present boredom […] through a nihilistic pursuit of sex, violence, drugs and alcohol” (Leishman, 94). In grunge fiction, Ian Syson argues, “depressed and frightened young Australian men” express “their alienation through excessive alcohol consumption, acts of brutality, sexual conquests and active contempt for authority” (Syson, 23). If sex is regularly portrayed as an attractive cop-out for these Australian characters, …

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Citation:
Vernay, Jean-François. "Grunge Fiction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2008
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