Postmodernist Fiction Paperback – 2 Jul 1987
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"This is one of the most lively and lucid studies of contemporary fiction around. Whether or not you agree with his provocative definition of the postmodern, McHale's argument is always engaging, bold and forceful." Linda Hutcheon
"Not only does the critical jargon not get in the way of his thesis, but McHale even uses examples you've heard of ... A useful and comprehensive examination of the nature of The Beast." City Limits
"McHale ... has written a brilliant, forceful and lucid defence of his own view." John Fletcher, Journal of European Studies
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In this trenchant and lively study Brian McHale undertake to construct a version of postmodernist fiction which encompassed forms as wide-ranging as North American metafiction, Latin American magic realism, the French New New novel, concrete prose and science fiction.See all Product Description
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However, McHale likes to give elaborate examples with his explanations, which seem to achieve the opposite effect of what they are intended for. His examples and excerpts, more often than not stretching across multiple pages, are hard to understand if you have not read the works they are taken from. When reading this book you get the feeling that you'll have to plod through an entire shelf of postmodernist works before you understand half of McHale's examples.
I should add one more comment on the cover - I think a better font could have been used for the title. I don't know what the idea behind the umlauts on the Os was, but it's not working for me and makes everyone who sees the book pronounce the title with a fake Swedish accent.
McHale does not only describe the worlds of fiction, he creates his own fictional world, a world in which theories try to catch the uncatcheble (that is: fiction). And in this he succeeds to illustrate his own theory. By that, the theory of McHale is not only a theory of fictional worlds in novels, it is also a metatheory of postmodernity.