Postmodernist Fiction

Topics: Ontology, Postmodern literature, Postmodernism, Korean Demilitarized Zone, Latin America, Imaginary world / Pages: 89 (22105 words) / Published: Apr 10th, 2013
Brian McHale
Postmodernist Fiction
Routledge
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POSTMODERNIST FICTION
Brian McHale
London and New York
In memory of

Robert J. McHale 1927-85 Steve Sloan 1952-85 Arthur A. Cohen 1928-86
First published in 1987 by
Melhuen, Inc.
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Published in Great Britain by Methuen 6- Co. Ltd
Reprinted 1989,1991 by Routledge 11 New Fetter Lane London EC4P 4EE 29 West 35th Street New York, NY 10001
© 19S7 Brian McHale
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Printed in Great Britain at the
University Press, Cambridge
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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
McHale, Brian.

Postmodernist fiction.
Bibliography: p.
Includes index.
1. Fiction—20//1 century—History and criticism. 2. Postmodernism.

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Contents
Acknowledgments Preface x XI

Part One:

Preliminaries

1: From modernist to postmodernist fiction: change of dominant
The dominant
Beckett
Robbe-Grillet
Fuentes
Nabokov
Coover

Pynchon
2: Some ontologies of fiction Heterocosm
"The old analogy between Author and God" Ingarden Possible worlds The social construction of (un)reality
3
6 12 13
15 18 19 21
26
27
29
30
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Part Two:

Worlds

3: In the zone
How to build a zone Ohio, Oz, and other zones Intertextual zones
4: Worlds in collision Parallel lines
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45 49 56

59 62

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