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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 239–259.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Wendy Allison Lee Abstract This essay examines the work of detail in contemporary Asian American metafiction by reconsidering Georg Lukács’s understanding of description as a mode of fiction that transforms humans into observers and objects via an excess of detail. Lukács’s work has informed views...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 517–538.
Published: 01 December 2017
... historical novel. Atkinson’s novels are often cited as examples of postmodern metafiction, but in fact her work is more directly indebted to modernist experiments in counterfactual historical writing by figures like Virginia Woolf. Moreover, this inheritance, inasmuch as it informs Atkinson’s focus...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (4): 602–606.
Published: 01 December 2016
... insistence to our students that they distance themselves from their interpretive habits and become self-conscious rereaders” (186). Lynch advances a similarly metafictional reading when she turns her attention to gothic romance. Here she identifies numerous variations on the theme of book love...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2002) 63 (1): 89–118.
Published: 01 March 2002
... of the most radical avant-gardists. His short stories, mostly written in the late 1980s, have been touted as a “paradigmatic symbol of avant-garde fic- tion,”4 yet his novels and stories of the 1990s have largely effaced the elaborate formal devices of metafiction and have become best-sellers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 345–369.
Published: 01 September 2021
... metafiction. In her magisterial study A Poetics of Postmodernism Linda Hutcheon ( 1988 ) defines historiographical metafiction as a literary form that installs a truth system about the past but then complicates and even subverts it. While authors of biofiction realize that the age-old conception of truth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 261–272.
Published: 01 June 2023
... mediation. Lee’s essay notes how “minor details” in the metafictions of Ruth Ozeki and Nam Le draw critical attention to the minoritizing operations of ethnic details with which Asian American writers are expected to outfit their work. Self-conscious details, in other words, can expose the painful forms...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 411–437.
Published: 01 September 2014
... to Self: Metafiction, Gender, Sexual- ity. Albany: State University of New York Press. Nazareth, Peter. 1972. Literature and Society in Modern Africa. Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau.  . 1990. “Out of Darkness: Conrad and Other Third World Writers.” In Joseph Conrad: Third World...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 119–136.
Published: 01 June 2015
... the creators of the metafictional Escapist, a superhero from the golden age of comic books. The novel presents the superhero as the contemporary incarnation of the nineteenth-century circus escape artist locked in a never-ending struggle to protect the world from inevitable destruction. Chabon’s narrative...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 87–90.
Published: 01 March 2010
... alienating surprise, if not real shock. From the visual artwork of the Italian transavanguardia  to self-reflexive parodic metafiction, postmodernism is said to have upset our modernist expectations, even though Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, and other modernist visual artists used similar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 90–94.
Published: 01 March 2010
... alienating surprise, if not real shock. From the visual artwork of the Italian transavanguardia  to self-reflexive parodic metafiction, postmodernism is said to have upset our modernist expectations, even though Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, and other modernist visual artists used similar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 94–97.
Published: 01 March 2010
...” of the familiar through irony, parody, and travesty — and thus an estranging “lack of respect for all valued conventions” (69) that caused at least alienating surprise, if not real shock. From the visual artwork of the Italian transavanguardia  to self-reflexive parodic metafiction, postmodernism is said...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 97–102.
Published: 01 March 2010
... alienating surprise, if not real shock. From the visual artwork of the Italian transavanguardia  to self-reflexive parodic metafiction, postmodernism is said to have upset our modernist expectations, even though Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, and other modernist visual artists used similar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 102–106.
Published: 01 March 2010
... alienating surprise, if not real shock. From the visual artwork of the Italian transavanguardia  to self-reflexive parodic metafiction, postmodernism is said to have upset our modernist expectations, even though Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, and other modernist visual artists used similar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 219–241.
Published: 01 June 2020
... characteristic of Roth’s career: his often metafictional engagement with the critical categories—biography, ethnic identity, authenticity—that he expected critics to use to appraise his fiction. For while the discourse of lateness has proved inviting for criticism on Roth’s career (Nadel 2013 ; Shipe 2009...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 147–168.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Sun Lee ( 2012 : 420) observes in her study of Asian American literature. Thus, although Garréta’s and Morrison’s texts may be read as descended from the formal experiments of modernism, or as belonging to the metafictional conceits of postmodernism, they more forcefully return us to the problems...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (1): 3–20.
Published: 01 March 1981
... for another, whether the two be in sequence, as in binary forms, or en- meshed one in another.18 What binary form eventually means in Boccaccio is a form that in it- self encapsulates the process of creating art from experience, stories from life. This is not to say that the book is “metafiction...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 391–413.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., as in metalanguage and metafiction. In this year systematic reflec- tion on narrative — narratology — makes its appearance, not once but twice, in two disparate contexts: in its classic French form in a special issue of the journal Communications and simultaneously in an American publication, Robert Scholes...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (4): 533–556.
Published: 01 December 2008
...: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Uni- versity Press, 1987), 149. Mukherjee Death of the Novel 535 function. Naipaul and Coetzee revisit forms, figures, and themes of classic fiction to write innovative metafictions of the loss...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (2): 191–213.
Published: 01 June 1994
... to assume abstract competent readers and reliable narrators-impersonal, independent, but sharing the same public space. Thus, the metafictional structures that intersect with the story are not just about the pleasures and paradoxes of reading, but about writing and reading as social practices...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 395–418.
Published: 01 September 2016
... are coming to shape the most auspicious contours of contemporary fiction in general. Anderson’s account accords with the increased scholarly attention in recent decades to modes such as “historiographic metafiction” (Hutcheon 1988 : 5), “postcolonial rewrite” (Marx 2004 : 83), and the new “affirmative...
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