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The Resource American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque, Dieter Meindl

American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque, Dieter Meindl

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American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque
Title
American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque
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Dieter Meindl
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Language
eng
Summary
"By synthesizing Kayser's and Bakhtin's views of the grotesque and Heidegger's philosophy of Being, American Fiction and the Metaphysics of the Grotesque seeks to demonstrate that American fiction from Poe to Pynchon has tried to convey the existential dimension: the pre-individual totality or flow of life, which defines itself against the mind and its linguistic capacity. Dieter Meindl shows how the grotesque, through its self-contradictory nature, has been instrumental in expressing this reality-conception, an antirationalist stance in basic agreement with existential thought. The historical validity of this new metaphysics, which grants precedence to Being--the context of cognition--over the cognizant subject, must be upheld in the face of deconstructive animadversions upon any metaphysics of presence. The notion of decentering the subject, Meindl argues, did not originate with deconstruction. The existential grotesque confirms the protomodernist character of classic American fiction. Meindl traces its course through a number of well-known texts by Melville, James, Gilman, Anderson, Faulkner, and O'Connor, among others. To convey life conceived as motion, these writers had to capture--that is, immobilize--it in their art: an essentially distortive and, therefore, grotesque device. Melville's "Bartleby," dealing with a mort vivant, is the seminal text in this mode of indirectness. As opposed to the existential grotesque, which grants access to a preverbal realm, the linguistic grotesque of postmodern fiction works on the assumption that all reality is referable to language in a textual universe. American Fiction and the Metaphysics of the Grotesque will significantly alter our understanding of certain traditions in American literature."--Publishers website
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Meindl, Dieter
Dewey number
813.009/1
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Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.G78
LC item number
M45 1996
Literary form
non fiction
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University of Missouri Press
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  • American fiction
  • Grotesque in literature
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American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque, Dieter Meindl
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-228) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Kayser, Bakhtin, the American Renaissance, Heidegger, and the grotesque
  • Poe and the new metaphysics
  • Bartleby and death
  • The realist-naturalist-Jamesian syndrome
  • The modernist grotesque
  • Toward the postmodern grotesque
Control code
35110259
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 234 pages
Isbn
9780826210791
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96031687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
American fiction and the metaphysics of the grotesque, Dieter Meindl
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Kayser, Bakhtin, the American Renaissance, Heidegger, and the grotesque
  • Poe and the new metaphysics
  • Bartleby and death
  • The realist-naturalist-Jamesian syndrome
  • The modernist grotesque
  • Toward the postmodern grotesque
Control code
35110259
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 234 pages
Isbn
9780826210791
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96031687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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