REVIEW ESSAYS chines": they do not fully "explain" or organize the "white noises" produced and ceaselessly reproduced by the media, but assimilate and continue this reproduction. Needless to say, we are dealing with repetition, reinforcement of former structures, and critique thereof in the narrative representation--and performance--of this cultural cycle. It seems to me that Johnston is aware of both aspects or moments. This similar works in the early 1990s by (among others) Paul Maltby, Brian McHaIe, critical awareness results in one of the best books on postmodern fiction since Linda Hutcheon, Patrick O'Donnell, N. Katherine Hayles, and Scott Bukatman. Christian MoraruUniversity ofNorth Carolina, Greensboro REVIEWS VALERIA WAGNER. Bound to Act: Models ofAction, Dramas ofInaction. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1999. xi + 275 pp. This study privileges the first term in its subtitle; it is mainly a philosophic ramble that ends with speculation about contemporary power politics. Secondarily it offers readings of selected dramas from Greek antiquity (Aeschylus), the English high and late Renaissance (Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton), Romanticism (Shelley), and before and after World War II (Giraudoux, Beckett). In effect, the literary works are chosen as ancillary evidence to support an implicit metanarrative to which the stellar contributors are various
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 3, 2001
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