“The Babysitter” by Robert Coover She arrives at , ten minutes late, but the children, Jimmy and Bitsy, are still eating supper, and their. Coover does this to embellish a strange vibe, and implement detail throughout the novel. An ethical criticism of the unnamed babysitter reveals. The Babysitter is a American thriller film directed by Guy Ferland and starring Alicia Silverstone based on the eponymous short story by Robert Coover in.

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MAYA SONENBERG on Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter”

At the Tuckers’ residence, Jack and Mark force their way in while Jennifer is taking a bath and, after a tense argument, Mark knocks Jack unconscious and attempts to rape Jennifer, who runs out of the house. How do you do the nominations again? Aug 11, Perhaps this is an excessive reading. In he was the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. This has been my favourite discussion on Goodreads so far- deconstructing fiction is so much easier when you have other people to help and encourage!

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There is indeed an intra- and interpersonal juxtaposition between activity and passivity. I think that yeah, teenage years are sexual imagery-laden for males, but there’s a bigger peer pressure to lose your virginity that comes from colver almost completely non-sexual place and places a different kind of frustration on teenagers, from my experience at least.

D What I liked was the idea of entertainment saturation once TVs entered every house. Coover was born in Charles CityIowa. The theme anthology A Night at the Movies includes the story “You Must Remember This”, a piece about Casablanca that features an explicit description of what Rick and Ilsa did when the camera wasn’t on them.


The excess of plots creates something akin to the surface tension of an abstract painting, even though I keep turning the pages, moving through time. How weird – I actually wrote a ‘choose your own adventure’ story for my wee short story collection, must have been thinking about this but didn’t realise it!

We don’t throw up our hands and walk away: And then the babies come. He smiles toothily, beckons faintly with his head, cooevr his fast balding pate.

Notify me of new posts via email. Excess suggests that it’s more than I need: Is there a predetermined tragedy from the very beginning, then? coovr

Read “The Babysitter,” a short story by Robert Coover

Aug 07, This topic is about The Babysitter. Mark later steals beer from Bill’s party, where they run into Harry, who becomes fixated on the notion Jack might abbysitter to his house to have sex with Jennifer.

The film was released direct-to-video in October I need a bit of time with this one. Whichever way you slice it, he’s a rapist. For the inventor, see Harry Coover.

Reading, I move forward through time and repeat the same moment in time again and again, at the same time. Harry often fantasizes about Jennifer, while Dolly misinterprets Bill’s compliments as a sign of attraction and fantasizes about him.

Without that edge, the writing might be lush but it would be a garden in full bloom without the thorns or bees. I’ll have a read of it later. That reminds me, I need to watch the animation- haven’t seen it yet but if it’s anything like the graphic novel it will be great http: Films directed by Guy Ferland.

But “The Babysitter” exists in the moment before this hellish ending. Learn how your comment data is processed.

From other rooms come the sounds of a baby screaming, water running, a television musical no words: This quote from yesterday’s The Guardian regarding Johnny Depp’s potential retirement I think links in with the themes of this story: I guess the reader is supposed to make the leap to extrapersonal, the message of hidden desires and passivity of society as a whole.


In “The Babysitter” in the space-time of stories this is exactly what happens, to the characters and to me. Certainly there is a strong contrast between action and inaction. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg.

I’d love to see the short film as directed by David Lynch. He catches a glimpse of the gentle shadows amid her thighs, as she curls her legs up under her. I’ll create a thread for it later. There is always something interesting happening in each snippet, but the story as a whole is digressive and it’s difficult to coax any one conclusion out of it. Really enjoyed this discussion: Not-knowing is the space in which I return to this question.

I’m sure it will give your kitten some things to consider haha! I’m really impressed by the multitude of themes and messages that are compacted into it. The Babysitter is a total modern classic! In what ways is it possible for the same people to experience different things in the same space at the same time? I put it down to my own stupidity or lack of understanding the story at first, but there is an underlying confidence with which it is told that suspends disbelief not in the implausible nature of the story since it’s metafiction after all but in Coover’s ability to tell it.