Kazuo Ishiguro and Max Frisch: Bending Facts in Unreliable and Unnatural Narration

Kazuo Ishiguro and Max Frisch: Bending Facts in Unreliable and Unnatural Narration

by Zuzana Foniokova


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Since the late 1990s unreliable narration has garnered popularity in narrative theory and has sparked a lively debate among scholars. This book traces the theoretical discussions surrounding narrative unreliability and examines the relationship of unreliable narration to antimimetic techniques of portraying self-deception. Standing on the border between classical and postclassical narratology, the study analyses Kazuo Ishiguro’s and Max Frisch’s innovative narrative strategies, offering new perspectives on their œuvre and on unreliable narration as a narratological concept. A comparison of the methods Ishiguro and Frisch employ to explore the psychology of their narrators reveals a fascinating parallel in their development as novelists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631660508
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Series: Literary and Cultural Studies, Theory and the (New) Media Series , #1
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Zuzana Fonioková is Assistant Professor of Literature and Intercultural Communication at the Department of Czech Literature, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Her research interests include narratology and contemporary fiction.

Table of Contents

Contents: Unreliable narration – Unreliability – Narratology – Unnatural narration – Kazuo Ishiguro – Max Frisch – Narrative strategies – Narrator – Literary theory – 20th-century English literature – 20th-century German literature – Identity – Memory – Self-deception – Fictional world – Possible-world theory – Postmodernism.


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