Robert Coover

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Robert Coover’s name is synonymous with “postmodern fiction” and his work has influenced several generations of fiction writers. His stories and novels, such as his Rabelaisian political satire The Public Burning (1977), are widely taught in universities. Primarily known as a novelist and story writer, Coover has published over twenty works of fiction, most recently NOIR (2010), and several of his plays have been produced. Coover is also a theorist of possibilities for fiction empowered by new technologies and has taught courses on hypertext fiction, among other writing courses, at Brown University, beginning in 1981.

First appearing in the early 1960s, Coover’s unconventional short stories spin out alternative narratives and perspectives, and display a self-reflexive or

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Citation: Snyder, Michael. "Robert Coover". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2010 [, accessed 01 December 2023.]

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