Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

by Katy Masuga


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Identifying six significant writers—Whitman, Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, Lewis Carroll, Proust and D. H. Lawrence—Katy Masuga examines their influence on Miller's work as well as Miller's retroactive impact on their writing. She explores four forms of intertextuality in relation to each 'ancestral' author: direct allusions, unconscious style, reverse influence and participation of the ancestral author as part of the story within the text. The study is informed by the theories of polyvocity from Bakhtin, Barthes and Kristeva and of language games and the indefatigability of writing in the work of Blanchot, Wittgenstein and Deleuze.By presenting Miller in intertextual context, he emerges as a noteworthy modernist writer whose contributions to literature include the struggle to find a distinctive voice alongside a distinguished lineage of literary figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748641185
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katy Masuga is Associated Researcher at the University of Paris-Sorbonne

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 Leaves of Letters Walt Whitman 19

2 The Dream of a Ridiculous Writer Fyodor Dostoevsky 42

3 Through the Jabber Lewis Carroll 71

4 The Drunken Inkwell Arthur Rimbaud 97

5 In Search of Lost Allusion Marcel Proust 123

6 Writers and Lovers D. H. Lawrence 156

Conclusion 179

Works Cited 189

Index 195

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