Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid

Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid

Robert Coover / Sep 18, 2019

Briar Rose Spanking the Maid These two novellas by the groundbreaking fearless and immeasurably influential Robert Coover are dirty funny and brilliant In Briar Rose a sleeping beauty is trapped in an enchantment for a hundred

  • Title: Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid
  • Author: Robert Coover
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  • Page: 474
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  • These two novellas by the groundbreaking, fearless, and immeasurably influential Robert Coover are dirty, funny and brilliant In Briar Rose a sleeping beauty is trapped in an enchantment for a hundred years, dreaming of stories in which someone like her wakes up disappointed, or becomes a mother, or is stripped and defiled And, as she dreams, outside, failed princes dieThese two novellas by the groundbreaking, fearless, and immeasurably influential Robert Coover are dirty, funny and brilliant In Briar Rose a sleeping beauty is trapped in an enchantment for a hundred years, dreaming of stories in which someone like her wakes up disappointed, or becomes a mother, or is stripped and defiled And, as she dreams, outside, failed princes die and hang their remains on the thorns of a briar hedge In Spanking the Maid a maid and her master are each committed to their own hard service she, attempting to perform her simple duties without error he, supplying punishment by rod, belt, hairbrush, whip, cane and slipper when she inevitably fails These tales of desire are Coover at his most darkly playful.

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    About "Robert Coover"

      • Robert Coover

        Born Robert Lowell Coover in Charles City, Iowa, Coover moved with his family early in his life to Herrin, Illinois, where his father was the managing editor for the Herrin Daily Journal Emulating his father, Coover edited and wrote for various school newspapers under the nom de plume Scoop He was also his high school class president, a school band member, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Cincinnati Reds In 1949 Coover enrolled in Southern Illinois University, and, after transferring to Indiana University in 1951, earned his bachelor s degree in 1953 with a major in Slavonic languages While in college, he continued editing student papers, as well as working part time for his father s newspaper The day he graduated, Coover received his draft notice and went on to serve in the U.S Naval Reserve during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant Upon his discharge in 1957, Coover devoted himself to fiction During the summer of that year, he spent a month sequestered in a cabin near the Canadian border, where he studied the work of Samuel Beckett and committed himself to writing serious avant garde fiction In 1958, he travelled to Spain, where he reunited with Maria del Pilar Sans Mallafr , whom he had earlier met while serving a military tour in Europe The couple married in 1959 and spent the summer touring southern Europe by motorcycle, an experience he described in One Summer in Spain Five Poems, his first published work Between 1958 and 1961, Coover studied at the University of Chicago, eventually receiving his master s degree in 1965 The Coovers lived in Spain for most of the early 1960s, a time during which Coover began regularly publishing stories in literary magazines, including the Evergreen Review In 1966, after the couple returned to the United States, Coover took a teaching position at Bard College in New York He also published his first novel, The Origin of the Brunists 1966 , which won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel In 1969, Coover won a Rockefeller Foundation grant and published Pricksongs and Descants, his first collection of short fiction That year, he also wrote, produced, and directed a movie, On a Confrontation in Iowa City 1969 Coover has maintained an interest in film throughout his career During the early 1970s, Coover published only short stories and drama, including A Theological Position 1972 , a collection of one act plays, all of which were eventually produced for the stage He also won Guggenheim fellowships in 1971 and 1974, and served as fiction editor for the Iowa Review from 1974 to 1977 By the mid 1970s, Coover had finished his next novel, The Public Burning it took him than two years to find a publisher for the work, which was ultimately cited as a National Book Award nominee Coover received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1985 and a Rea Award for A Night at the Movies 1987 , a collection of short stories While Coover concentrated primarily on short fiction with the exception of Gerald s Party during the 1980s, he produced a series of new novels during the 1990s Coover has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Brandeis University, throughout his career Since 1981 he has been a writer in residence and faculty member of the creative writing program at Brown University.Among the vanguard of American postmodern writers to come of age during the late 1960s, Coover is respected as a vital experimentalist whose challenging work continues to offer insight into the nature of literary creation, narrative forms, and cultural myths Convinced early in his career that traditional fictional modes were exhausted, Coover has pioneered a variety of inventive narrative techniques, notably complex metafictional structures and ludic pastiches of various genres to satirize contemporary American society and the role of the author In this wa


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    1. Two bites of coovery goodness for the price of one!Wonderful writing, as one would expect, though (for me) some of the explorations felt a little "old hat" and I can't say it rocked my world to any great extent. None the less, Coover is one of those whose writings are worth reading regardless of the usual criteria one may place upon ones literary feasts. I think I shall try and read all of him before 2014 is out


    2. So and so, a writer writes, with something in mind, show AND even (sometimes) tell, but readers can AND do, pick/choose sometimes go, meh, ok. There is, though, something Beckettian going on. More like blisters in the thorn patch and go spank the monkey. The movie "The Secretary" is quite similar in scenario with the domineering boss nitpicking the inefficiency and error prone secretary/typist who then submits to corrections a la spanking which is both comical and sexually building as the movie [...]


    3. Harold Bloom, the ruler of all cranky white curmudgeons, the maintainer of the least surprising reading list of this millenium, throws this right onto that list. So you're like ha! What is this, smut? Did Harold Bloom sneak smut into the Canon? The answer is sortof. Spanking the Maid is actually a lengthy, postmodern allegory, I guess for the creative process although (like this white whale I read about once) with enough general effectiveness to stand in for any number of other annoying processe [...]


    4. 2 stars for his mastery of language.I get it - this was an exploration of how making subtle differences to a described scene makes a new story every time. Interesting. Clever. However, having this played out over 84 pages in Briar Rose became boring, tedious and repetitive. The Layout made no sense. It felt like there should be plot progression but frustratingly there was none at all. If each telling had been presented as individual stories - vignettes, this would have made it more palatable. Sp [...]


    5. Coover`s metafiction at his best - multi-lying/layering stories as a narrative within narrative within narrative, etc. mirrorlike plot about storytelling (Briar Rose) and art (Spanking). Coover is a master of powerful and perfect repetitions and a genius of wordish texts


    6. Newly inaugurated into the Penguin Modern Classics imprint, Robert Coover’s Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid presents two novella-length twisted fairytales in the very best Angela Carter tradition.Briar Rose is Coover’s interpretation of Sleeping Beauty as a young woman is bewitched to sleep for a hundred years as she waits for the prophesised kiss that will awaken her. In a subversive break from the original story, the bewitching fairy is here both good and bad and so, while she stays to [...]


    7. I'd like to give this one star but I guess because he's clever I have to give it two, begrudgingly, mind you. I will never read this author again if anyone senses me mulling over giving him 'one more shot', spank me, in light of the bejewled-dew like nonsense. Blerfhmjfkfkd. 3.1


    8. "I really want to try to like this" but cannot.To frame a point, for those who say that Briar Rose and Spanking the Maid try to be avant-garde in their approach to sexuality in literature, but fail for modern times, Briar Rose was first published in 1996 and Spanking the Maid first made an appearance in 1982; in their time, perhaps they made more of an impact.I hadn't read any Coover before, but having looked him up I was interested in the way he supposedly uses literature (metafiction and fabul [...]


    9. Two novellas. The writer essentially wrote a bunch of paragraphs (albeit they were very well written) and just repeated them over and over with slight tweaks. The first story, 'Briar Rose' was engaging until about the half-way point when I realized the plot was NEVER going to move forward. When the second story started to repeat itself after a few pages, I realized what was happening and swiftly lost interest.


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