Book Reviews85 Discourse in the Modern Novel. Tallahassee: University Presses of Florida, 1983. 183 p. ALAN SINGER. A Metaphorics of Fiction: Discontinuity and survival in confrontation with the text. It is a reader who revels in esoteric unsympathetic toward dense rhetoric. It is no text for those unsympathetic toward the threatening dissolution of the more traditional modes of novel criticism, particularly those modes claiming adequacy for studies of harmonious and continuous development of character and especially plot in their actualization, in Singer's words, "as organizing a thematic level of readerly interest that expresses the novel's historical and cultural contingency" (4). Nor is it a text for those squeamish about the metaphysical gymnastics of deconstructionist theorizing. The question thus surfaces: Whom is it a text for? I believe there is an ideal, readerly type who stands an odds-on chance of This is no text for certain readerly or scholarly types. It is no text for those criticism and who enjoys the pioneering spirit of that criticism which seeks to forge its own path onto new theoretical ground. It may also well be a reader who positively beams at the prospects of sabotaging existing critical dogma and of exploding monuments
Rocky Mountain Review – Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Published: Jan 6, 1985
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