Interpreting Radical Metaphor in the Experimental Fictions of Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pynchon and Kathy Acker (Studies in Comparative Literature v. 4

Interpreting Radical Metaphor in the Experimental Fictions of Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pynchon and Kathy Acker (Studies in Comparative Literature v. 4

By: Victoria De Zwaan (author)Hardback

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This study argues that the often-noted resistance to interpretation by these authors' experimental fiction has to do with the radical functioning of metaphor in their texts. After an introductory discussion about the contemporary debates about metaphor and narrative, each author's work is examined in various theoretical contexts such as cognitivist models, deconstruction, modernism and post-modernism, concentrating on a number of narrative strategies which are grouped under the term piracy. The conclusion situates the metaphoric narrative in relation to the competing literary critical paradigms of postmodernist fiction.

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Contents

Introduction - the metaphoric narrative; not waiting for Godot in America - the Beckett signature, Barthelme's narrative poetics (Snow White, the Dead Father, the King), Barthelme's metaphoric narratives; Pynchon's asymmetrical four; Acker's strategy of plagiarism; situating the metaphoric narrative.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/03/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780773472808
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780773472808
  • ISBN10: 0773472800

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