John Fowles s Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism

This book presents a deconstructive reading of the novels and short stories of John Fowles.

Author: Mahmoud Salami

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 083863446X

Category: Literary Collections

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This book presents a deconstructive reading of the novels and short stories of John Fowles. As a contemporary novelist, Fowles began as a modernist self-consciously aware of the various narratological problems that he encountered throughout his writings. In his most recent novel, A Maggot, however, he assumes the role of the postmodernist who not only subverts the tradition of narratology, but also poses a series of problems concerning history and politics. Throughout this study, Mahmoud Salami attempts to locate Fowles's fiction in the context of modern critical theory and narrative poetics. He provides a lively analysis of the ways in which Fowles deliberately deployed realistic historical narrative in order to subvert them from within the very conventions they seek to transgress, and he examines these subversive techniques and the challenges they pose to the tradition of narratology. Salami presents, for instance, a critique of the self-conscious narrative of the diary form in The Collector, the intertextual relations of the multiplicity of voices, the problems of subjectivity, the reader's position, the politics of seduction, ideology, and history in The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman. The book also analyzes the ways in which Fowles uses and abuses the short-story genre, in which enigmas remain enigmatic and the author disappears to leave the characters free to construct their own texts. Salami centers, for example, on A Maggot, which embodies the postmodernist technique of dialogical narrative, the problem of narrativization of history, and the explicitly political critique of both past and present in terms of social and religious dissent. These political questions are also echoed in Fowles's nonfictional book The Aristos, in which he strongly rejects the totalization of narratives and the materialization of society. Indeed, Fowles emerges as a postmodernist novelist committed to the underprivileged, to social democracy, and to literary pluralism. This study clearly illustrates the fact that Fowles is a poststructuralist--let alone a postmodernist--in many ways: in his treatment of narratives, in mixing history with narrative fiction and philosophy, and in his appeal for freedom and for social and literary pluralism. It significantly contributes to a better understanding of Fowles's problematical narratives, which can only be properly understood if treated within the fields of modern critical theory, narratology, and the poetics of postmodernism.
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John Fowles

New York: Methuen, 1984) and A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction (New York: Routledge, 1987). 8. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969; rpt. London: Panther, 1972), p. 85. All quotations are from this edition; ...

Author: James Acheson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137319364

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This vibrant collection of original essays sheds new light on all of Fowles' writings, with a special focus on The French Lieutenant's Woman as the most widely studied of Fowles' works. The impressive cast of contributors offers an outstanding range of expertise on Fowles, providing fresh reassessments and new perspectives.
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Recollecting John Fowles Wiedererinnerungen an John Fowles

Fowles, John. 1977. “Hardy and the Hag.” In Thomas Hardy after Fifty Years, edited by Lance St. John Butler, 28–42. ... A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. ... Worlds Apart: Narratology of Science Fiction.

Author: Guido Isekenmeier

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643139481

Category: Essayists

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In this volume, a collector, a translator and a handful of scholars pay tribute to John Fowles, one of the most important voices in English fiction after World War II. Their contributions address The Magus, The French Lieutenant?s Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin and the unpublished Tesserae.
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The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction

John Fowles and Nature: Fourteen Perspectives on Landscape. ... John Fowles. New York: Methuen. Cooper, P. (1991). The Fictions of John Fowles. Ottawa: University of Ottawa ... John Fowles's Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405192446

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)
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Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater

Experimentation in fiction in this period was informed as much by continental ideas and modernist forms (in the novels ... as by postmodernism, but more metafictional and self-reflexive styles (John Fowles and A. S. Byatt) were evident, ...

Author: Fran Mason

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442276208

Category: Literary Criticism

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater contains a chronology, an introduction, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on postmodernist writers, the important postmodernist aesthetic practices.
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The A to Z of Postmodernist Literature and Theater

Umberto Eco 's Alternative: The Politics of Culture and the Ambiguities of Interpretation. ... Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics, and the Work of Fiction. ... John Fowles's Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism.

Author: Fran Mason

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810868557

Category: Literary Criticism

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The A to Z of Postmodernist Literature and Theater examines the different areas of postmodernist literature and theater and the variety of forms that have been produced. It contains a list of acronyms, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual writers, important aesthetic practices, significant texts, and important movements and ideas that have created a variety of literary approaches within the form. By placing these concerns within the historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts of postmodernism, this reference explores the frameworks within which postmodernist literature of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries operates.
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The Recurrent Green Universe of John Fowles

The Fiction of John Fowles : Tradition , Art , and the Loneliness of Selfhood . ... Literature , Science and Reflection ' , Meaning and the Moral Sciences . ... John Fowles's Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism .

Author: Thomas M. Wilson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401202916

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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Ecocriticism is the emerging academic field which explores nature writing and ecological themes in all literature. Thomas M. Wilson’s book is the first to consider the work of one of the most critically acclaimed and generally popular post-war English writers from an ecocritical perspective. Fowles is best known as a novelist and author of such works as The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Daniel Martin. Going beyond the fiction, this book also examines the many profound reflections on the natural world found in his essays, poems and his recently published Journals. John Fowles’ writings have cast light on the ways we perceive the natural world, from curious scientific observer to Wordsworthian lover of natural places, as well as many other important and, at this time, crucial themes. This volume will be of interest to critics and readers of contemporary fiction, but most of all, to anyone curious about their place in the recurrent green universe that is our earth.
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John Fowles

than a mouthpiece for his philosophical and political ideals.17 Miranda spouts her recitation of Fowles' values most clearly as she comes to identify with and ... 18 Salami, John Fowles's Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism, 50.

Author: Brooke Lenz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401205771

Category: Literary Criticism

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Best known as the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus, John Fowles achieved both critical and popular success as a writer of profound and provocative fiction. In this innovative new study, Brooke Lenz reconsiders Fowles’ controversial contributions to feminist thought. Combining literary criticism and feminist standpoint theory, John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur examines the problems that women readers and feminist critics encounter in Fowles’ frequently voyeuristic fiction. Over the course of his career, this book argues, Fowles progressively created women characters who subvert voyeuristic exploitation and who author alternative narratives through which they can understand their experiences, cope with oppressive dominant systems, and envision more authentic and just communities. Especially in the later novels, Fowles’ women characters offer progressive alternative approaches to self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, and social reform – despite Fowles’ problematic idealization of women and even his self-professed “cruelty” to the women in his own life. This volume will be of interest to critics and readers of contemporary fiction, but most of all, to men and women who seek a progressive, inclusive feminism.
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Corpus Stylistics in Principles and Practice

A Stylistic Exploration of John Fowles' The Magus Yufang Ho. Partington, A. (2006). ... CS-01–15): Department of Computer Science: University of Shefeld, UK. ... John Fowles's Fiction and the Poetics of Postmodernism.

Author: Yufang Ho

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441124715

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In this book, Yufang Ho compares the text style difference between the two versions of John Fowles' The Magus, exemplifying the methodological principles and analytic practices of the corpus stylistic approach. The Magus was first published in 1966 and was revised and republished by Fowles in 1977. Fowles' own comment on the second edition was that it was 'rather more than a stylistic revision.' The book explores how the revised version is linguistically different from the original, especially in terms of point of view (re) representation. The corpus stylistic approach adopted combines qualitative and quantitative comparison to confirm the overall text style difference. The analysis demonstrates that computer assisted methods can identify significant linguistic features which literary critics have not noticed and provide a more detailed descriptive basis for literary interpretation of (either edition) of the novel. This analysis of The Magus serves as a case study and exemplar of how corpus techniques may be used generally in the study of linguistics.
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Historical Romance Fiction

“the novel, illusion and reality: the Paradox of omniscience in The French Lieutenant's Woman. ... The Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. ... Critical Essays on John Fowles. ed. ellen Pifer. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978.

Author: Lisa Fletcher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317121787

Category: Literary Criticism

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The first book-length study of romance novels to focus on issues of sexuality rather than gender, Historical Romance Fiction moves the ongoing debate about the value and appeal of heterosexual romance onto new ground, testing the claims of cutting-edge critical theorists on everything from popular classics by Georgette Heyer, to recent 'bodice rippers,' to historical fiction by John Fowles and A.S. Byatt. Beginning with her nomination of 'I love you' as the romance novel's defining speech act, Lisa Fletcher engages closely with speech-act theory and recent studies of performativity. The range of texts serves to illustrate Fletcher's definition of historical romance as a fictional mode dependent on the force and familiarity of the speech act, 'I love you', and permits Fletcher to provide a detailed account of the genre's history and development in both its popular and 'literary' manifestations. Written from a feminist and anti-homophobic perspective, Fletcher's subtle arguments about the romantic speech act serve to demonstrate the genre's dependence on repetition ('Romance can only quote') and the shaky ground on which the romance's heterosexual premise rests. Her exploration of the subgenre of cross-dressing novels is especially revealing in this regard. With its deft mix of theoretical arguments and suggestive close readings, Fletcher's book will appeal to specialists in genre, speech act and performativity theory, and gender studies.
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