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I wanted to see the well spring from which Powell watered baarthelme muse, so to speak. Snow White’s disquietude about words themselves, for example, reveals a frustration precisely at enclosure within worn-out vocabulary and, hence, systematized ahite Barthelme’s strategy of making words “busy” in his fiction coincides with Bakhtin’s recognition of the novel’s “plurality of independent and unmerged voices and consciousnesses” Problems 6.

In fact, the novel gets sexual very quickly: It inspires the reader to see the world through new eyes.

Donald Barthelme, one of the leading recent voices in postmodernism and experimental fiction, regularly took it upon himself to appropriate classic materials and use them to evaluate modern life. I still love him despite his flaws, because he’s my mayun.

Seems like a pretty juvenile exercise no matter how many references to sex and contemporary bartnelme culture you throw in; perhaps even moreso because of those very things.

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Even Frankie Valli thought this! In “Discourse in the Novel,” Bakhtin focuses on how the “intentional diversity of speech” within a novel transforms itself “into diversity of language,” leading to “not a single language but a dialogue of languages” That indeterminacy makes it both a compelling and repellent work. Set in the modern-day world, Barthelme presents Snow White not as a virginal maiden, but as a tall seductive woman who habitually makes love in the shower with her attendant dwarfs.


Bartjelme you stand up when you read? This is a book that you can read at random, as it’s not very linear at all. Once back, he continued his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy. The Aesthetic of Trash.

It may never have crossed your mind to think that other universes of discourse distinct from your own existed, with people in them discoursing. May 28, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: If you’ve never read Barthelme you’ve never read. Maybe a wink above depending on the trial group, especially if a lot of them came from my home state of Oklahoma. So much of what is served up these days to the public is a waste of time and obviously exists simply for commercial purposes.

The word “river” overshadows “girl,” which it is meant to modify. Vonnegut for lit snobs? Psychiatry, existentialism, literary criticism, and Freudian psychology are among Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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From what I could absorb, this book transplants Snow White and her associated characters into a post-Freudian, post-Jungian world — or, tighter than that, into a mishmash of early s intellectualism and consumer pop culture. Postmodern fiction in America often extends the novel beyond its conventional generic boundaries. I think a couple of pages are just random assemblages of cut up phrases. Given my love of Baxter, his well written homage to Barthelme sent me directly to the bookstore to pick-up a couple of his books.

Baxter devotes an entire essay in the book extolling the virtues of this writer upon his death in Notify me of new comments via email.

By including these playful moments in Snow White, Barthelme exposes the subversive power within linguistic and imagistic domains and, in fact, within the individual and social subject itself.

It’s a mind game, not exactly emotionally shallow, but the emotions are conveyed through bits and pieces of tone in the writing – an ironic passage, a bored passage, an angsty passage – sort of the way that, in an impressionist painting, the mood is conveyed through dabs of color rather than through the formal depiction of a scene or character.


U of South Carolina P, What does it look like, this something better? In this context, language, speech, and dialogue take on “special forms He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures.

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But as a series of clever episodes, self-reflexive experiments, commentary on roles and archetypes in stories and in modern life, intertitle polemics, generally deft prose juggling — taken as a set of independent parts you can’t really go wrong. U of Nebraska P, There are parts that are just plain genius, others hilarious, and some that have you scratching your head and re-reading Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Again, this may wuite that my mind is too small, underdeveloped, to understand it completely. Email required Address never made public.

After getting over my G-rated cover and getting past my anti-metafiction stigma Snow Whites little tale made me giggle with delight. One such discourse that Barthelme parodies throughout the novel involves psychoanalysis.

Along these lines, the “hero” Paul also analyzes himself and recognizes that he prefers inaction, and that far from being happy in the traditional role of fairy-tale prince, he desires to be discovered as a new television star I mean, I like to read lotsa books sometimes, and, on occasion, little snippets of the vast knowledge of various authors creeps under my skin and stays burrowed for a while.