Working in the specific field of the short story, Hunter convincingly claims that typical Modernist concerns such as elitist difficulty, plotlessness
, incompleteness, and absence of traditional closure--as well as the effect of these on the marketability of the product--can be traced back to the 1890s.
For example, the president's deformed mouth in Shelley Jackson's story is of ambiguous consequence; in "Behind a Latched Window" a story of occupied Kuwait by Fatima Yousef al-Ali, the protagonist attempts to make her mother afraid in order to protect her; the plotlessness
of Richard Kostelanetz's "More Openings and Closings" tumbles down the page; and Diane Williams's self-named character bakes pies filled with kale: good for you but not sweet.
Among them, a diversion from entertainment, an "increasing opacity of language," open ending, and plotlessness
Hughes covers some of the familiar controversies over Wolfe's style and methods--the seeming plotlessness
of the novels, the sometimes bombastic and over-the-top verbiage, the over-reliance on his editors.
The purposeful plotlessness
of Fissures forces the viewer to turn inward and consider his or her own life and as a result proves to be surprisingly moving.
I'd just graduated from college where I'd spent my years studying the narrative stances of Virginia Woolf, appreciating the relative plotlessness