The Theory and Practice of Self-conscious Fiction
By (author) Patricia Waugh
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Metafiction by Patricia Waugh
Book DescriptionMetafiction begins by surveying the state of contemporary fiction in Britain and America and explores the complex political, social and economic factors which influence critical judgment of fiction. The author shows how, as the novel has been eclipsed by the mass media, novelists have sought to retain and regain a wide readership by drawing on the themes and preoccupations of these forms. Making use of contemporary fiction by such writers as Fowles, Borges, Spark, Barthelme, Brautigan, Vonnegut and Barth, and drawing on Russian Formalist theories of literary evolution, the book argues that metafiction uses parody along with popular genres and non-literary forms as a way not only of exposing the inadequate and obsolescent conventions of the classic novel, but of stuggesting the lines along which fiction might develop in the future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415030069
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Oct-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Patricia Waugh addresses the relationship between feminist and postmodernist writing and theory through the insights of psychoanalysis and in the context of the development of modern fiction in Britain and America.
Review of Contemporary Fiction, Paperback (May 2013)View all books by Patricia Waugh
Contributors such as Stewart Home, China Mieville, and Maureen Freely pose difficult questions about the place of literature in contemporary Britain--where it's been, and where it's going.
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