The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction as Language/Language as Fiction
“The novel is dead” was the cry of the 1960s, and so it was as an authoritative report concerning the world; but from that death, Klinkowitz argues, arose a form of writing that celebrates the creative process, a narrative that is not about something but is something. Klinkowitz first characterizes the “modern” fiction of the earlier 20th century wherein the word fades into the background because the story line forms the essence of the fiction. Thus the word is “self-effacing.” Postmodern fiction, on the other hand, features the word. Words in postmodern fiction are opaque, not transparent. Of necessity we notice the word and must look closely at it; thus the word becomes “self-apparent.” -- Provided by publisher
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism;
Southern Illinois University Press
Department of Languages and Literatures
x, 153 p. ; 23 cm
Klinkowitz, Jerome, "The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction as Language/Language as Fiction" (1984). Faculty Book Gallery. 248.