John Barth and Postmodernism: Spatiality, Travel, Montage

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Philosophy - 368 pages
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John Barth's eminence as a postmodernist is indisputable. However, much of the criticism dealing with his work is prompted by his own theories of -exhaustion- and subsequent -replenishment, - leaving his writing relatively untouched by theories of postmodernism in general. This book changes that by focusing on the relationship between Barth's aesthetic and the ideology critique of the historical avant-gardes, which were the first to mobilize art against itself and its institutional practices and demands. Examining Barth's metafictional parodies in the light of theories of space and subjectivity, Clavier engages the question of ideology critique in postmodernism by offering the montage as a possible model for understanding Barth's fiction. In such a light, postmodernism may well be perceived as a mimesis of reality, particularly a recognition of the collective nature of self and the world."
 

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Contents

from black humor fiction to postmodernism
1
Postmodernism Spatiality and Travel
22
Barths Postmodern Aesthetic
123
Replenishment
151
Crossing the Boundary The Spectacle
200
STORYLINED LIVES AND ITINERANT SPACES
264
NOTES
289
Works Cited
331
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The Author: Berndt Clavier earned his doctoral degree in English at Lund University, Sweden, and he is a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) at Malmo University, Sweden. Clavier has published articles on postmodernism, travel, and transnationalism.

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