DOUGLAS COUPLAND

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Douglas Coupland (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and Generation X.

He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland has been described as “…possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today.” and “one of the great satirists of consumerism”. A specific feature of Coupland’s novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture. Coupland lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia with his partner David Weir. He published his twelfth novel Generation A in 2009. He also released an updated version of City of Glass and a biography on Marshall McLuhan for Penguin Canada in their Extraordinary Canadians series, called Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan.

He is the presenter of the 2010 Massey Lectures, and a companion novel to the lectures, Player One – What Is to Become of Us: A Novel in Five Hours. Coupland has been longlisted twice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, respectively., was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2009, and was nominated for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2011 for Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan.
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Douglas Coupland (* 30. Dezember 1961 in Rheinmünster-Söllingen) ist ein kanadischer Schriftsteller und bildender Künstler. Douglas Coupland wurde auf einem NATO-Stützpunkt in Deutschland geboren und wuchs in Vancouver in British Columbia auf, wo er 1984 am Emily Carr College of Art and Design ein Bildhauerei-Studium abschloss. Bis 1986 folgten Auslandsaufenthalte in Italien und Japan. An der Universität von Hokkaidō besuchte Coupland Kurse in Produktdesign. Nach Kanada zurückgekehrt stellte er seine Arbeiten 1987 unter dem Titel „The Floating World“ in der Vancouver Art Gallery aus. In den späten Achtzigern begann er für lokale Magazine zu schreiben. Daraus resultierte sein Erstlingswerk Generation X, welches ihn schlagartig berühmt machte und zum Sprachrohr einer Generation werden ließ. Zahlreiche weitere Veröffentlichungen untermauerten den Status des Kultautors. Daneben arbeitet er nach wie vor an Skulpturen und Installationen. 2004 schuf er das „Canada House“, eine Installation, die sich mit Stereotypen kanadischer Identität anhand von Alltagsgegenständen auseinandersetzte. 2005 schrieb er außerdem das Drehbuch zu dem Film „Everything’s Gone Green“. Im selben Jahr outete sich Coupland als homosexuell.
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Douglas Coupland, (Söllingen (Rheinmünster), Alemania; 30 de diciembre de 1961 – ); escritor de ficción, dramaturgo y artista visual canadiense.
Es conocido principalmente por su novela de 1991 Generación X, que popularizó el término “Generación X”. Gran parte de los trabajos de Coupland exploran los cambios culturales inesperados creados por el impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en la clase media de la cultura norteamericana. Algunos temas persistentes en su obra incluyen el conflicto con los valores religiosos, familias disfuncionales, actitudes irónicas ante la saturación de los medios de comunicación y cierta fascinación por la cultura popular y los medios de comunicación de masas.
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Canadian journalist and novelist best known for observations on modern-day American culture and for popularizing the term Generation X.
Coupland was born on a Canadian military base in Germany. His family relocated to Canada in the mid-1960s, and he grew up in Vancouver. In 1984 he went to art school to become a sculptor but then moved to Hawaii to study Japanese business science. After interning briefly at a company in Japan, he returned to Canada and began writing for a magazine based in Toronto.
Coupland’s first published novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991), describes the lives of three affluent, disaffected Californians in their 20s by way of a series of stories supplemented with cartoons and dictionary-style definitions of cultural buzzwords. The novel became widely popular, and its title was soon applied to the generation of Americans born during the 1960s and 1970s. His next novel, Shampoo Planet (1992), also centred on characters in their 20s. Life After God (1994) is an introspective collection of short stories about contemporary suburbanites. The novel Microserfs (1995) had its origins in an assignment for Wired magazine during which Coupland observed employees of Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Wash., U.S. Microserfs was his fictional account of the experience; it highlighted workers’ pursuit of meaning in a seemingly meaningless environment.
Coupland released a collage of previously published photographs, essays, and short fiction as Polaroids from the Dead in 1996. In 1998 he published the novel Girlfriend in a Coma and, with Kip Ward, Lara’s Book: Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider Phenomenon, an illustrated tribute to the popularity of the computer game Tomb Raider. Subsequent novels include Miss Wyoming (1999), Hey Nostradamus! (2003), JPod (2006), and The Gum Thief (2007). Coupland also wrote the screenplay for Everything’s Gone Green (2006).
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ダグラス・クープランド(Douglas Coupland、1961年12月30日 – )はカナダの小説家、劇作家、美術家。 過度に商業化された都会を逃れモハベ砂漠で暮らす三人の男女を描いた処女作『ジェネレーションX -加速された文化のための物語たち』(1991年、Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture)は国際的なベストセラーとなり、「ジェネレーションX」・「マックジョブ」などの作中の数々の新語が世に広まることとなった。