The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television explores the conviction seen throughout the late twentieth century cultural sphere — not least among novelists — that television had killed the audience for serious fiction. This bit of mythology, I argue,

The Anxiety of Obsolescence was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2006 and was

  • Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, Association of College and Research Libraries, January 2008.
  • Selected as a “book of the month” by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies, October

The text of The Anxiety of Obsolescence is also available in commentable form online.