Postmortem Postmoderns: The Afterlife of the Author in Recent Narrative

Postmortem Postmoderns: The Afterlife of the Author in Recent Narrative

by Laura E. Savu

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Postmortem Postmoderns: The Afterlife of the Author in Recent Narrative by Laura E. Savu

This book scrutinizes the genre of the author-as-character with respect to three broad issues–authorship, the posthumous, and cultural revisionism–that arise in reading such works from a contemporary perspective. Late twentieth-century fiction 'postmodernizes' romantic and modern authors not only to understand them better, but also to understand itself in relation to a past (literary tradition, aesthetic paradigms, cultural formations, etc.) that has not really passed. Penelope Fitzgerald's 'The Blue Flower', Peter Ackroyd's 'The Last Testament of 'scar Wilde and Chatterton', Peter Carey's 'Jack Maggs', Michael Cunningham's 'The Hours', Colm Toibin's 'The Master', and Geoff Dyer's 'Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence - 'the mighty dead' (Harold Bloom) are brought back to life, reanimated and bodied forth in new textual bodies that project a postmodern understanding of the author as a historically and culturally contingent subjectivity constructed along the lines of gender, sexual orientation, class, and nationality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611473919
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura E. Savu is a lecturer at the University of Bucharest

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 9

Prologue: The Poetics and Politics of Author Fictions 21

1 How Literature Is Lived Through: Touching Reading and Geoff Dyer's "Sheer Rage" 53

2 Writing in the Margins of an "Endless Novel" 74

3 Testamentary Fictions: Revisiting Peter Ackroyd's The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde and Chatterton 105

4 The "Crooked Business" of Storytelling: The Ethics of Authorship and Peter Carey's Jack Maggs 146

5 The Buried Life: Distancing and Displacement in Colm Tóibín's The Master 175

6 Stories Within Stories: Virginia Woolf among Other Artists 209

Epilogue: The Sense of a Beginning, or The Future Past of Postmodernism 241

Notes 253

Works Cited 267

Index 281

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