American Psycho | Literature Criticism Critical Review by James Gardner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of American Psycho.
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Critical Review by James Gardner

SOURCE: A review of American Psycho, in National Review, Vol. 48, No. 11, June 17, 1996, pp. 54-7.

In the following review, Gardner considers American Psycho among a group of other "transgressive novels."

Thirty years ago the art of fiction began to undergo a change similar to one that had already befallen the theatrical arts. Though theater had once been the best loved form of mass entertainment, it yielded that title to film and then turned inward, catering to an elite taste that saw theater as art rather than diversion. As a result, these two factors, which had formerly been united, increasingly went their separate ways. Fiction also used to fulfill the Horatian injunction to delight as well as to edify. But in recent years it too has split, not into different media, as theater and film have done, but into different forms of...

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