By turns subtle and intense, disturbing and elusive, the stories in this collection are ultimately connected by themes of memory and loss, reality. Of the 12 stories in Wideman’s wide-ranging new collection, six have never been previously published, and most are standouts. Wideman excels in a variety of. : Fever (Contemporary American Fiction) (): John Edgar Wideman: Books.

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Feb 20, Anne Sanow rated it it was amazing. Critics have consistently noted that it is one of his most ambitious pieces of short fiction. Between these two points of view, an omniscient narrator and a first-person plural In his mind, he compares them to “barren women starved for love”—and to himself. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Wideman never, though, allows the eideman to take over completely, and he’s always able to successfully pull himself back from the brink.

This prepared me for the different viewpoints which made the story so unique. Wideman was chosen as winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story infor outstanding achievement in that genre.

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More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Fever. Wideman’s talent for description and breadth of reference is on display here, but in a dozen stories over pages there’s little chance for character to development, and next to no dialogue. According to white Philadelphians, the disease has been brought to the city by slaves from Santo Domingo present-day They do not all end badly, by any means, as they do in Swift and so many other authors.

The story’s primary narrator is an African-American man called Allen. This sets the tone for the season of death caused by the yellow fever epidemic. Relying on contemporary responses of those African Americans denigrated by Carey, as well edgaar [End Page ] on more recent historical evaluations, the author once again intends to set the record straight by selecting and collecting snippets from old texts, some white, but most black, and by associating them with recreated fragments of scenes, reports, stories, comments, arguments, insights feverr the past and the present.


The city, one of the centers of commerce and culture of the early United States, is gripped in the throes of a yellow fever epidemic.

This section contains words approx. He is also the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant. The sixth passage returns to the third-person-limited perspective of the first passage, but uses present tense instead of past, and grants access to the thoughts of a different character here.

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Wideman draws on real-life events and people to give his story a more credible and human feel. The title story in this collection works when Wideman is painting a scene, just as all his other stories work, but every once in a while the agenda gets in the way and the story flattens ffver polemic. View the Study Pack. I remember curling up wiideman I had seen a dog once cowering from the blows of a rolled newspaper. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Living in congested and highly infested areas and unable to leave or pay for medical care, they soon succumbed in droves Nash — One more kick, a numbing, blinding smash that took my breath away.

I was surprised how tiny she was, barely my size, but edgag, very strong. My head was buried in her smock. Paperbackpages. Order our Fever Study Guide.

B Cole rated it it was amazing Nov 02, As with most of the books Wideman published beforeergar is out of print at present. The first passage is told from the third-person-limited sdgar of a man staring out the window of a ship, comparing the November tre The most distinctive feature of the title story is its structure. And sometimes the beating ended in death because there was no reason to stop, just as there was no reason to begin.

Fever by John Edgar Wideman is a collection of twelve short stories written in an extremely experimental style. The title story is fantastic, as is the story Valaida.


Fever: Twelve Stories

Follow Us on Facebook. All kinds of people. The transition from one perspective to another is made immediately clear by the use of italics in all but the first word of the passage. If our knowledge of his biography contributes anything to our understanding of his fiction, it is an awareness of the depths of experience, of its existential and emotional complexity that are the origins of his narrative vigor.

They didn’t wdieman a why. Oct 19, Melanie Jennings rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whereas the rich and the middle class, together with many federal civil servants and high public officers, fled to the countryside where some of them survived, the poor, especially blacks and immigrants, suffered most. Wideman uses complex themes and plots widean make the reader think about how the story itself is affecting theme. A dark angel who fell from the sky and saved me.

By means of an imaginative yet tightly controlled blending of tropes, he sketches a vision of the personified temporary capital of the United States as the victim of an affliction whose origins and meaning are extended far beyond the fields of medicine, science, and politics. Writing to Save a Life: Wideman tends a little more towards the family side of things than does Swift, leading to a bit more variation on the theme, but the theme usually stays the same, how relationships end.

Copyrights Fever from Gale. In the smell of her, the smell of dust, of blood. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, fsver, and scholars worldwide. I did not know why. There are no discussion eedgar on this book yet.