Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression

Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression

by Rhian Atkin

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Overview

"Digression is a crucial motif in literary narratives. It features as a key characteristic of fictional works from Cervantes and Sterne, to Proust, Joyce and Calvino. Moving away from a linear narrative and following a path of associations reflects how we think and speak. Yet an author's inability to stick to the point has often been seen to detract from a work of literature, somehow weakening it. This wide-ranging and timely volume seeks to celebrate narrative digressions and move towards a theoretical framework for studying the meanderings of literary texts as a useful and valuable aspect of literature. Essays discussing some of the possibilities for approaching narrative digression from a theoretical perspective are complemented with focused studies of European and American authors. As a whole, the book offers a broad and varied view of textual wanderings."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351192972
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Rhian Atkin is Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Notes on the Contributors xi

Introduction: 'Perfume from a dress…': On Not Getting to the Point J. J. Long 1

1 Re-reading Digression: Towards a Theory of Plotless Narrativity Samuel Frederick 15

2 Reflections on the Fruitful Error Richard Hibbitt 27

3 'On with the Story!' John Barth's Theory of Narrative Digression Jena Habegger-Conti 37

4 Italian Digressions Olivia Santovetti 47

5 'I've Started So I'll - ': Marivaux's La Vie de Marianne Will McMorran 64

6 Stepping Away: Radical Digressivity and At Swim-Two-Birds Maebh Long 82

7 Tell It Again, José! Some Principles of Digression in Saramago Rhian Atkin 99

8 Is Digression a Viable Concept for Literary Studies? Christine Angela Knoop 112

Index 127

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