It is this paradox of fictionality
that disnarration foregrounds-the fictional world is at once more knowable and less accessible than the real world.
49 These features, the relation to book form, the insistence on fictionality
, the telling of a story, obviously add up to the novel.
For, with all their "solution" to the Sutpen mystery, its--and their regained subjectivity's--inevitable fictionality
constantly comes back to frustrate them.
Almost immediately after her death, Brossard's text moves out of the realm of the fictive altogether and into "Un seul corps pour comparer" whose ontology throws off conventions of fictionality
to mimic a less mediated actuality.
This stance generates a literary paradox, in which the characters' reality is predicated upon asserting the fictionality
of Austen's text.
The same might be said about the statements of politicians: their fictionality
is of a totally different genre again.
The contrived fictionality
of this story gives it a special place in High Lonesome,, its principal concern is with fiction-making and the material circumstances from which narrative is derived.
May writes: 'The short story as a genre has always been more apt to lay bare its fictionality
than the novel, which has traditionally tried to cover it up.
A poststructural reading would perhaps comment that, ironically, the fictionality
of the text already presupposes disguising the thoughts of the "other" as one's own, whether from the position of author or reader.
Yet in spite of Patrick Hemingway's claim that the heart of this memoir resides in the "ambiguous counterpoint between fiction and truth," the fictionality
of this text can easily be overstated (9).
Noting "the uneven ways characters fit their designated class, gender, and regional identities" in Jacobs' Incidents, Rowe refers to this fact as "ideological disparities in the behavior of individuals" (139), and as an "ideological 'unevenness'" (140) that must be explained as a narrative strategy of the author "to expose the fictionality
of the boundaries drawn" between white and black, master and servant, friend and enemy, and so on.
It is instructive, too, that immediately following this movement we are shown Sweetland, at an upstairs window, gazing out; in this way, the fictionality
of signifiers is extended to the act of viewing and film-viewing, too, though such hints must be ignored in order to comprehend the story.
1) Auden compounds this adversarial role, however, by using fictional devices in a way that undermines the fictionality
Part 2, consisting of an additional three chapters, treats the limits of fictionality
relative to the practice of knowledge-seeking, with the intent of showing that certain distinctions like fiction vs.
Nor was Barth hardly the only player fascinated by fictions that mirrored fictionality