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Interpreting Radical Metaphor in the Experimental Fictions of Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pynchon and Kathy Acker

Studies in Comparative Literature v. 43

By (author) Victoria De Zwaan
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Mar 2002
Dimensions: w 159mm h 235mm d 19mm
Weight: 454g
ISBN-10: 0773472800
ISBN-13: 9780773472808
Barcode No: 9780773472808
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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