Narcissistic Narrative: The Metafictional Paradox

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
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Linda Hutcheon, in this original study, examines the modes, forms and techniques of narcissistic fiction, that is, fiction which includes within itself some sort of commentary on its own narrative and/or linguistic nature. Her analysis is further extended to discuss the implications of such a development for both the theory of the novel and reading theory.

Having placed this phenomenon in its historical context Linda Hutcheon uses the insights of various reader-response theories to explore the “paradox” created by metafiction: the reader is, at the same time, co-creator of the self-reflexive text and distanced from it because of its very self-reflexiveness. She illustrates her analysis through the works of novelists such as Fowles, Barth, Nabokov, Calvino, Borges, Carpentier, and Aquin. For the paperback edition of this important book a preface has been added which examines developments since first publication. Narcissistic Narrative was selected by Choice as one of the outstanding academic books for 1981–1982.

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About the author

Linda Hutcheon is Associate Professor of English at McMaster University.

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
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Published on
May 22, 2013
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9781554589104
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Study & Teaching
Literary Criticism / Books & Reading
Literary Criticism / Semiotics & Theory
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