History Literature / Dhalgren

19th Feb '18 9:00:39 AM Black_Diesel
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19th Feb '18 8:59:13 AM Black_Diesel
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14th Nov '17 3:43:50 PM cordychase
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* BiTheWay
* BookEnds: The ending is the beginning of the opening sentence fragment.

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* BiTheWay
BiTheWay: The Kid.
* BookEnds: The ending is the beginning of the opening sentence fragment. Also, when the Kid arrives in the city, he is given his orchid by someone who is leaving. When he leaves, he gives his orchid to a new arrival.



* ChaosArchitecture

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* ChaosArchitectureChaosArchitecture: Bellona makes ''no'' sense. One day the river is just visible from Tak's roof, the next it's not, the ''next'' it's only a block over.



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: the elevator shaft]]

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* ChekhovsGun: One of the elevators in the Richardsons' apartment building doesn't work, leaving an empty shaft that Bobby almost steps into at one point. [[spoiler: While finishing the elevator shaft]]move, June accidentally backs him into the empty shaft instead of the real elevator. At least, it was probably an accident.]]



* StepfordSmiler: There's an entire family that acts as though the world of the city hasn't ended.
* SuddenNameChange: The protagonist starts out nameless, acquires the nickname 'The Kid,' then becomes 'Kidd,' before arbitrarily deciding he prefers 'Kid.'

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* StepfordSmiler: There's an entire family that acts as though the world of the city hasn't ended.
ended. Special mention goes to the mother, who everyone else in the family takes special care not to remind what's really going on.
* SuddenNameChange: The protagonist starts out nameless, acquires the nickname 'The Kid,' then becomes 'Kidd,' before arbitrarily deciding he prefers 'Kid.'' [[spoiler: His name is Michael. Maybe.]]



* ThreeWaySex

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* ThreeWaySexThreeWaySex: The Kid, Lanya, and Denny eventually form a triad.


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* TheUnreveal: All over the place. What happened to Bellona? What is the Kid's full name? What does Dhalgren mean? What are the optical chains actually? Even things that initially look like answers (such as the factory full of optical chains and red eye-caps) just raise more questions.
11th Oct '16 3:23:21 AM SorPepita
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jack The Ripper, Nightmare, Thirteen, Dragon Lady, Glass, Copperhead, Spider...And they're Kidd's friends later on in the book.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jack The Ripper, Nightmare, Thirteen, Dragon Lady, Glass, Copperhead, Spider... And they're Kidd's friends later on in the book.



* PaintingTheMedium: The editors notes, typos, and Kidd's journal all create something not unlike this trope.

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* PaintingTheMedium: The editors editor's notes, typos, and Kidd's journal all create something not unlike this trope.



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5th Dec '13 5:57:39 PM Nocturna
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* MeaningfulName: The stages of Kidd's progression in Bellona are mirrored by significant people who are also newcomers; when he has just arrived, the poet [[IncrediblyLamePun Ernest Newboy]] is visiting Bellona. After Kidd [[TookALevelInBadass toughens up]] and [[spoiler: gets his gay on]], the astronaut [[IncrediblyLamePun Captain Kamp]] is visiting. This may, or indeed may not, indicate that Kidd is a FisherKing and Bellona his FisherKingdom.

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* MeaningfulName: The stages of Kidd's progression in Bellona are mirrored by significant people who are also newcomers; when he has just arrived, the poet [[IncrediblyLamePun [[PunnyName Ernest Newboy]] is visiting Bellona. After Kidd [[TookALevelInBadass toughens up]] and [[spoiler: gets his gay on]], the astronaut [[IncrediblyLamePun [[PunnyName Captain Kamp]] is visiting. This may, or indeed may not, indicate that Kidd is a FisherKing and Bellona his FisherKingdom.
21st Feb '13 3:29:15 PM Xtifr
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''Dhalgren'' is a strange NewWaveScienceFiction book by Creator/SamuelRDelany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.

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''Dhalgren'' is a strange NewWaveScienceFiction book / LitFic novel by Creator/SamuelRDelany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.
29th Jan '13 4:08:50 PM Xtifr
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''Dhalgren'' is a strange book by Creator/SamuelRDelany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.

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''Dhalgren'' is a strange NewWaveScienceFiction book by Creator/SamuelRDelany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.
10th Jan '13 5:32:56 PM Xtifr
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This description doesn't really do the book justice. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It's strange.]]

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This description doesn't really do the book justice. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It's strange.]]
]] (It was Delany's first ''serious'' attempt at blending SF with LitFic.)
10th Jan '13 4:18:41 PM Xtifr
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''Dhalgren'' is a strange book by Samuel R. Delany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.

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''Dhalgren'' is a strange book by Samuel R. Delany.Creator/SamuelRDelany. It takes place in the fictional city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellona_(goddess) Bellona]], which is in the exact geographic center of the United States. A strange catastrophe has befallen it, and so radio/television/phone signals can neither enter nor leave. It's become a haven for the dregs and free spirits of society.
10th Dec '12 7:29:53 PM caracaleyes
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