John Barth and Postmodernism: Spatiality, Travel, Montage
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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Abrams aesthetic American anagnorisis analysis argues artistic authentic avant-garde Barth's fiction Barth's postmodernism Baudrillard becomes Behler Black Humor boundary bourgeois Burger calls capitalism character cold war concept consciousness context critical critique culture defined discourse distinction emphasis in original essay exhaustion experience Familiar Stranger Federman Fiedler figure Frame tale Fredric Jameson function Funhouse Giles Goat-Boy Hassan historical avant-garde historicism human hyperreal idea ideology Ihab Hassan inauthenticity individual Jameson John Barth journey Last Voyage literal literary literature Lukacs Marxism McConnell McConnell's meaning metafiction metaphor modernism modernist myth mythic narrative situation narrator Nights notion object Odyssey paradox parody peregrinatio vitae plot political postmodernist poststructuralism practices produce question reader reading realism reality relation replenishment representation romance Scheherazade self-discovery sense Sindbad social Sot-Weed Factor space Spanos spatial story structure suggests temporal textuality theory tradition transcendence trope ultimately whereby World Picture writing Ziegler