ENG480.001 Major Authors: Crossing Boundaries

Mise-en-Abyme in Boccaccio, Chaucer, Borges, Auster

Spring 2012

Prof. Eileen Joy


Figure 1. Rene Magritte, La condition humaine 

Genre, Narrative, and Sociological Theory

Alter, Robert. Partial Magic: The Novel as a Self-Conscious Genre. University of California Press, 1975.

Attebery, Brian. The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to LeGuin. Indiana University Press, 1980.

Bakhtin, M.M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Trans. Vadim Lipaunov. University of Texas Press, 1982.

Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. 2nd edition. University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Barthes, Roland. The Pleasures of the Text. Trans. Richard Miller. Farar, Straus and Giroux, 1975.

- - - . S/Z: An Essay. Trans. Richard Miller. Farar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.

Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacrum and Simulation, trans. Sheila Faria Glaser. University of Michigan Press, 1995.

Berger, James. After the End: Representations of the Post-Apocalypse. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Berger, Peter and Thomas Luckman. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Doubleday, 1966.

Brooke-Rose, Christine. A Rhetoric of the Unreal: Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic. Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Brooks, Peter. Realist Vision. Yale University Press, 2005.

Butler, Christopher. Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Calvino, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Harvard University Press, 1988.

Chatman, Seymour. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. New edition. Cornell University Press, 1980.

Cohen, Stanley and Laurie Taylor. Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life. Penguin Books, 1976.

Crittenden, Charles. Unreality: The Metaphysics of Fictional Objects. Cornell University Press, 1991.

Dillard, Annie. Living by Fiction. Harper & Row, 1982.

Eco, Umberto. The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Indiana University Press, 1979.

- - - . Six Walks in the Fictional Woods. Harvard College, 1994.

- - - . A Theory of Semiotics. Indiana University Press, 1976.

- - - . Travels in Hyperreality. Mariner Books, 1990.

Freud, Sigmund. The Uncanny. Trans. David McLintock. Penguin Classics, 2003.

Gardner, John. On Moral Fiction. Basic Books, 1978.

Gass, William. Fiction and the Figures of Life: Essays. David R. Godine, 1978.

- - - . The World Within the Word: Essays. Basic Books, 1971.

Genette, Gerard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Trans. Jane E. Lewin. Cornell University Press, 1979.

Girard, Rene. Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure. Trans. Yvonne Freccero. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1965.

Hoftstadter, Douglas. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Basic Books, 1999.

Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. Routledge, 1988.

- - - . A Theory of Adaptation. Routledge, 2006.

Ingarden, Roman. The Literary Work of Art. 1931; reprint Northwestern University Press, 1973.

Iser, Wolfgang. The Act of the Reading: A Theory of Semiotic Response. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

- - - . The Fictive and the Imaginary: Charting Literary Anthropology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

- - - . The Implied Reader: Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974.

- - - . The Range of Interpretation. Columbia University Press, 2000.

Jackson, Rose. Fantasty: The Literature of Subversion. Routledge, 1981.

Josipovici, Gabriel. The World and the Book: A Study of Modern Fiction. Macmillan, 1971.

Lodge, David. The Modes of Modern Writing: Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Typology of Modern Literature. Edward Arnold, 1977.

Kerby, Anthony Paul. Narrative and the Self. Indiana University Press, 1991.

Lyotard, Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

McHale, Brian. Constructing Postmodernism. Routledge, 1993.

- - - . Postmodernist Fiction. Metheun, 1987.

Morris, Pam. Realism. The New Critical Idiom series. Routledge, 2003.

Nicol, Brian. The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Pavel, Thomas G. Fictional Worlds. Harvard University Press, 1986.

Robbe-Grillet, Alain. For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction. Trans. Richard Howard. Grove Press, 1965.

Scholes, Robert. Fabulation and Metafiction. University of Illinois Press, 1979.

- - - . Structural Fabulation: An Essay on the Fiction of the Future. Notre Dame University Press, 1975.

Sontag, Susan. Where the Stress Falls: Essays. Picador, 2002.

Storey, John. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Introduction. 5th edn. Longman, 2009.

Suckenick, Ronald. In Form: Digressions on the Act of Fiction. Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.

Tabbi, Joseph. Cognitive Fictions. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

- - - . Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk. Cornell University Press, 1996.

Todorov, Tzvetan. The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre. Trans. Richard Howard. Cornell University Press, 1975.

Wagar, William W. Terminal Visions: The Literature of Last Things. Indiana University Press, 1982.

Suggested Additional Reading & Viewing: Contemporary Slipstream/Postmodern Fiction

Bachelder, Chris: Bear v. Shark: The Novel. Scribner, 2001.

Baker, Nicholson. The Mezzanine: A Novel. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988.

Bender, Aimee. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories. Doubleday, 1998.

BolaƱo, Roberto. 2666: A Novel, trans. Natasha Wimmer. Farar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.

- - - . The Savage Detectives: A Novel. Farar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.

Brockmeier, Kevin. The Brief History of the Dead: A Novel. Pantheon, 2006.

- - - . Things That Fall from the Sky: Stories. Pantheon, 2002.

Budnitz, Judy. Flying Leap: Stories. Picador, 1998.

Butler, Robert Olen. Severance: Stories. Chronicle Books, 2006.

Danielewski, Mark Z. House of Leaves: A Novel. Turtleback, 2000.

Egan, Jennifer. The Keep: A Novel. Knopf, 2006.

- - - . A Visit from the Goon Squad: A Novel. Knopf, 2010.

Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Virgin Suicides: A Novel. Farar, Straus & Giroux, 1993.

Everett, Perceval. Glyph. Graywolf Press, 1999.

- - - . I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel. Graywolf Press, 2009.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer: A Novel. Ace, 2004.

Hempel, Amy. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. Scribner, 2006.

Homes, A.M. The Safety of Objects. W.W. Norton & Co., 1990.

Houellebecq, Michel. The Elementary Particles. Knopf, 2000.

- - - . Platform. Knopf, 2003.

- - - . The Possibility of an Island: A Novel. Knopf, 2006.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Unconsoled: A Novel. Knopf, 1995.

Johnson, Denis. Fiskadoro: A Novel. Knopf, 1985.

Lethem, Jonathan. The Fortress of Solitude: A Novel. Doubleday, 2003.

Leyner, Mark. Et Tu, Babe. Harmony, 1992.

- - - . My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist: A Novel. Harmony, 1990.

- - - . The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel. Harmony, 1997.

Marcus, Ben. The Age of Wire and String: Stories. Knopf, 1995.

- - - . The Flame Alphabet: A Novel. Knopf, 2012.

Markson, David.. Wittgenstein's Mistress. Dalkey Archive, 1990.

McCarthy, Tom. Remainder: A Novel. Vintage Books, 2007.

McEwan, Ian. Enduring Love: A Novel. Nan A. Talese, 1998.

Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas: A Novel. Random House, 2004.

- - - . The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel. Random House, 2010.

Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm: A Novel. Little, Brown & Co., 1994.

- - - . The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven: A Novella and Stories. Little, Brown & Co., 1995.

Moore, Lorrie. Anagrams: A Novel. Knopf, 1986.

- - - . Birds of America: Stories. Knopf, 1998.

- - - . Like Life: Stories. Knopf, 1990.

Murakami, Haruki. Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World: A Novel. Vintage, 1993.

- - - . Kafka on the Shore: A Novel. Vintage, 2006.

- - - . The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel. Vintage, 1998.

Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club: A Novel. W.W. Norton & Co., 1996.

- - - . Lullaby. Doubleday, 2003.

- - - . Survivor: A Novel. W.W. Norton & Co., 1999.

Powers, Richard. The Echo Maker: A Novel. Farar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Pritchard, Melissa. The Odditorium: Stories. Bellvue Literary Press, 2012.

Saunders, George. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Random House, 1996.

- - - . Pastoralia. Riverhead, 2000.

Slavin, Julia. The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club: And Other Stories. Henry Holt & Co., 1999.

Wallace, David Foster. The Broom of the System: A Novel. Viking, 1987.

- - - . Infinite Jest. Little, Brown & Co., 1996.

Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist: A Novel. Doubleday, 1998.

Yu, Charles. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel. Pantheon, 2010.


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The Postmodern Movie Complex (localdjango: mubi.com)

The Best Surreal/Strange Films of the Past 20 Years (imdb.com)

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366 Weird Movies

Post-Modern Meta-Films (lovefilms.com)