I wrote a chapter for a new book on Norman Mailer that is coming out in August 2021 through Cambridge University Press.
Edited by Maggie McKinley, Norman Mailer in Context will offer new insights “into the breadth of contexts that inform Norman Mailer’s body of work. It examines important literary, critical, theoretical, cultural, and historical frameworks for Mailer’s writing, highlighting the ways his work reflects the concerns of twentieth and twenty-first century America. This book traces Mailer’s literary influences; his contributions to a variety of literary genres; his participation in the American political sphere; the philosophical, religious, and gendered contexts that shape his work; and the iconic American figures he profiled. The book concludes with reflections on Mailer’s literary and cultural legacy, emphasizing his advocacy for literary freedom and the contemporary resonance of his work.”
My 7,000 word chapter focuses on Mailer’s experiments in film-making in the 1960s. It doesn’t look at any of his films with a critical eye per se (because I don’t believe in doing that), but rather, and more importantly, concentrates on his approach to film, his ideas on the nature of film, aesthetics, etc., and how those ideas appear later throughout much of his writings that come after post-film.