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Breaking the Frame: Metalepsis and the Construction of the Subject

by Debra N. Malina, Peter Rabinowitz (Editor), James Phalen

Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780814208960






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Synopsis of Breaking the Frame: Metalepsis and the Construction of the Subject

This cutting-edge work of narrative theory examines how "metalepsis" - the transgression of the boundaries between narrative levels - has been used to construct the post-modern narrative subject. Concentrating on the writings of Samuel Beckett, Christine Brooke-Rose, and Angela Carter, Malina both interprets the narrative strategies of these authors and offers a new theoretical tool - a deconstructive approach to narratological categories that allows readers to focus on process rather than structures. This volume abstracts a model of metaleptic subject construction that has significant implications for narrative theory: rather than viewing narrative as static product, the deconstructive narratology it launches would accommodate narrative's bidirectional or cyclical dynamics and elaborate the "energetics" of the narrative process.

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