The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction as Language/Language as Fiction

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The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction as Language/Language as Fiction

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“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

Keywords

American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9780809311644

Publication Date

1984

Publisher

Southern Illinois University Press

City

Carbondale, IL

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Object Description

x, 153 p. ; 23 cm

Language

EN

The Self-Apparent Word: Fiction as Language/Language as Fiction

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