1) It is worth exploring for just that reason: as a rich ecology to be found nowhere else, a time-warping and world-multiplying fictiveness
peculiar to the constitution of literature.
Quim Monzo uses a "compulsive liar" to comment on both the vagaries of small-town identity and the power of his own text to create a believable world--whose fictiveness
, however, is underscored by translator Peter Bush's British English.
The crucial element clearly is self-reflexivity, by which I mean the readiness of a fictional text to expose its own fictiveness
Packer quotes the critic Gordon Harvey: "Accounts of actual happenings cast a particular kind of narrative spell; they give a particular pleasure that fiction doesn't give and that won't stand the suspicion of fictiveness
, depending as the pleasure does on our perception of an effort being made to preserve the integrity of past experience, from both the assaults of subsequent experience and the temptations of art.
crisis" of 1997, but the culprit is also his perceived sense of the lack that is persistently threatening unless its fictiveness
If Nebraska is to live for the mind, the description may have to acknowledge its fictiveness
so that Nebraska matters because of how it solicits imagined details.
Such narrative formation of interracial object, however, betrays its fictiveness
when the white-looking body directly confronts the white observer to invalidate the linguistically constructed difference.
On the other hand, Krog's acknowledgement of her sources for this episode--her basis for the fantasy--indicates its fictiveness
, that is to say, its infidelity.
While they do not seem to parody themselves in any self-consuming way (Fowles may offer two endings, but he does not parody his existential themes; Byatt seems to want to write a romance, not really to undercut her romance endings), the self-reflexiveness created by the relative novelty of the technique and our awareness of the anachronism of its use and the fictive awareness of its own artifice do create the aura of a consideration of fictiveness
within its own fiction that does verify the critical consensus that these novels are postmodern historiography rather than just historical fiction.
Lesbian Studies is often thought to have stubbornly refused the insights of postmodernist theory about sex, gender, and sexuality, insights that the categories through which we live our lives in a heteronormative culture are socially constructed, that it is our chief political task to reject those categories publicly and disruptively, to expose the fictiveness
of the categories themselves and the preposterousness of treating the masculine-male/feminine-female pairing as nature's paradigm for all human sexuality.
Where the early-modern Cervantes saw the need to distinguish history from fiction, Garcia Marquez seeks to recognise the fictiveness
within history but his narrative draws its life from the author's equally Cervantean capacity to suffuse a philosophical resonance into motifs that remain genuinely demotic and farcical.
He will rock her softly" suggests the nascence of relation, in all its fictiveness
, at the site of abjection: just as a dream once lodged in the lioness's deformed head, the reborn lion imagines her as separate enough, though lodged in him, to be softly rocked--and the maternal resonance of the final line suggests re-rebirth.
First, with an ironic tone of worldliness, Dunsany foregrounds his text's fictiveness
, anticipating post-war cynicism and suggesting the possibility that the book might be read as a kind of fantastic satire (perhaps in the vein of his more cynical American contemporary James Branch Cabell): "This text really is a history (wink, wink)," the first sentence seems to say.
43) The novela de la selva is likewise grounded on a void; it is a parody of the baseless stereotypes of imperialism, which undercuts its narrative authority in the very act of writing, and always gestures at its artificiality, its fictiveness
, and its place in a long line of representations of America.
Mary Ellen Waithe, on the other hand, argues that the evidence for Diotima's historicity is as strong as the arguments for her fictiveness