Mannerist Fiction: Pathologies of Space from Rabelais to Pynchon (BOK)

William Donoghue

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In Mannerist Fiction, William Donoghue re-conceptualizes the history of formalism in western literature. Rather than presuming that literary experimentation with form - distorting space and time - began in the twentieth century with Modernism, Donoghue identifies the age of Copernicus as the crucible for the first experiments in spatial de-formation, which appeared in mannerist painting and literature. With wide-ranging erudition, Mannerist Fiction connects these literary and pictorial developments and traces their repetition and evolution over the next five hundred years. Time and again, Donoghue explains, scientific and literary paradigm shifts have occurred in parallel. Rabelais and Jonson wrote in the aftermath of changes in the western sense of space wrought by Copernicus and the voyages of discovery, Jonathan Swift and the Marquis de Sade in the age of Newton, Thomas Pynchon in the age of Einstein. With his analysis, Donoghue establishes disfigurement and deformation as perennial sources of literary fascination.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter William Donoghue
University Of Toronto Press
ISBN 9781442648012
Antall sider 200 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 460 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: general