By Robert C. Spires
The time period metafiction invaded the vocabulary of literary feedback round 1970, but the textual ideas considering turning fiction again onto itself might be traced via a number of centuries. during this theoretical/critical learn Robert C. Spires examines the character of metafiction and chronicles its evolution in Spain from the time of Cervantes to the Seventies, while the obsession with novelistic self-commentary culminated in an immense literary movement.
The serious parts of this learn concentration totally on twentieth-century works. integrated are analyses of Unamuno's Niebla, Jarnés's Locura y muerte de nadie and La novia del viento, Torrente Ballester's Don Juan, Cunquiero's Un hombre que se parecía a Orestes, and 3 novels from the "self-referential" move of the Nineteen Seventies, Juan Goytisolo's Juan sin Tierra, Luis Goytisolo's La colera de Aquiles, and Martín Gaite's El cuarto de atrás.
Seeking a more robust theoretical foundation for his serious readings, Spires deals a sharpened definition of the time period metafiction. The mode arises, he broadcasts, via an intentional violation of the bounds that commonly separate the worlds of the writer, the fiction, and the reader. construction on theoretical foundations laid via Frye, Scholes, Genette, and others, Spires additionally proposes a literary paradigm that locations metafiction ready intermediate among fiction and literary theory.
These theoretical formulations position Spires's ebook within the leading edge of serious suggestion. while, his full-scale analyses of Spanish metafictional works can be welcomed by means of Hispanists and different scholars of worldwide literature.
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