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Title: "A Departure and a Return: Back to Self-expression"
Authors: Ebtisam Sadiq
Keywords: Author- Empirical- Omniscient- Narrator- Objective- Observation- Subjective- Narration
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Al-Yarmouk University Press, Jordan.
Abstract: This article investigates the literary phenomenon of self-referentiality in a contemporary American writer, Charles Baxter. The author makes a personal appearance in a presumably objective tale of description and representation. Analysis finds the author’s desire to comment on his own act of narration and to disclose its contradictions and limitations to the reader a motivating force behind the move. Though keeping with the self-reflexive mode of modern fiction, Baxter adds to the modernists’ recognition of lost claims to imitation and representation by criticizing their acts of creation. Self-critically he asserts that creation takes contemporary practice back to the subjective, self-expressive and self-assertive narrative conventions of the eighteenth and the nineteenth-century.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/18161
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