Tuesday, February 17, 2009

In which my father gets his due



Dan said...

Congratulations to Mr. Grossman Sr.!

I was wondering, have you read David J. Schwartz's 'Superpowers', or Perry Moore's 'Hero'? If so, what do you think of them?

Oh, and do you know of any scholarly criticism/analysis of your novel? I'm trying to do a writer's journal for my creative writing Ph.D. (the main creative element I've written is a novel with a masked hero in it) and I'm struggling to find much on comic book/superhero fiction.


Dan Connell

Austin Grossman said...

Superhero fiction has certainly been tagged as a trend, but I'm not aware of any substantive criticism. I've heard of a few professors flirting with putting 'Invincible' on syllabi, but don't know any details.

I tend to stay away from other superhero fiction as a rule - I have my own ideas & goals associated with putting superheroes into prose, and it mixes me up a little to spend time on other people's versions. The exception would be Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude.

As for regular-comics criticism, I think Douglas Wolk's Reading Comics is unequalled. It came out last year from Da Capo.

Dan said...


Thanks for the reply. I think that there's some bits and pieces to do with Chabon and Lethem, but not much else. I guess I'm just going to have to stick my neck out do something about that!

I know what you mean when it comes to other people's fiction - do you find it a problem trying to do a Ph.D. and write at the same time? I recently read Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' whilst finishing the second draft of my novel. I found myself re-writing in this strange, Hemingway-esque dry narrative - which is quite different from the overall style. Do you find it an issue mixing reading with writing? (That question sounds so dumb now I've written it!)