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Interrogating stories told about life after deconstruction, and discovering instead a kind of afterlife of deconstruction, Daniel Punday draws on a wide range of theorists to develop a rigorous theory of narrative as an alternative model for literary interpretation. Drawing on an observation made by Jean-François Lyotard, Punday argues that at the heart of narrative are concrete objects that can serve as “lynchpins” through which many different explanations and interpretations can come together. Narrative after Deconstruction traces the often grudging emergence of a post-deconstructive interest in narrative throughout contemporary literary theory by examining critics as diverse as Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Elizabeth Grosz, and Edward Said. Experimental novelists like Ronald Sukenick, Raymond Federman, Clarence Major, and Kathy Acker likewise work through many of the same problems of constructing texts in the wake of deconstruction, and so provide a glimpse of this post-deconstructive narrative approach to writing and interpretation at its most accomplished and powerful.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. title page, copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-11
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  1. Chapter One The Narrative Turn
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter Two Deconstruction and the Worldy Text
  2. pp. 21-47
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  1. Chapter Three The Search for Form in American Postmodern Fiction
  2. pp. 48-68
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  1. Chapter Four A General or Limited Narrative Theory
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. Chapter Five Resisting Post-Deconstructive Space
  2. pp. 87-106
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  1. Chapter Six Reading Time
  2. pp. 107-131
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  1. Chapter Seven Struggling with Objects
  2. pp. 132-152
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  1. Chapter Eight Narrative and Post-Constructive Ethics
  2. pp. 153-171
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 172-179
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 180-190
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  1. index
  2. pp. 191-194
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791487648
Related ISBN
9780791455715
MARC Record
OCLC
55753850
Pages
194
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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