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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Novel Arguments: Reading Innovative American Fiction Series Number 91 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Novel Arguments: Reading Innovative American Fiction Series Number 91 (Paperback)

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Novel Arguments argues that innovative fiction - by which is meant writing that has been variously labelled as postmodern, metafictional, experimental - extends our ways of thinking about the world, rejecting the critical consensus that, under the rubrics of postmodernism and metafiction, homogenises this fiction as autonomous and self-absorbed. Play, self-consciousness and immanence - supposed symptoms of innovative fiction's autonomy - are here reconsidered as integral to its means of engagement. The 1995 book advances a concept of the 'argument' of fiction as a construct wedding structure and content into a highly evolved and expressive form. The argument, not the content, is established as the site of a fiction's 'aboutness' and thus the usual emphasis upon the generalities of innovative form is replaced by a concern for the logic of specific literary effects. Walsh deftly argues for an understanding of fictional cognition at the theoretical level and in an act of unmatched critical creativity, discards altogether the flattening totalities of received postmodern formulations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521107037
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm

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