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The paradox of the narrative event in John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse"


Abu Jweid, Abdalhadi Nimer Abdalqader and Ali Termizi, Arbaayah (2015) The paradox of the narrative event in John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse". Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 23 (4). pp. 1069-1082. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534

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This article explores, via a postmodern approach, how Barth dealt with the intricate relationship between postmodern fiction and its modern counterpart by constructing a subjective narrative event in his novella, "Lost in the Funhouse". It examines the transparent and correspondent representation of the narrative event as a category of Barthian critique of modern literary exhaustion, and how Barth appropriates remedial recycling for fictional conventions. This apocalyptic homogeneous narrative device involves a constant reciprocal examination of contemporary fiction and its possible future. It is carried out through mutual subversion and, ultimately, challenges the notion of inherited literary forms and their utilisation over time. As such, the whole narrative event is achieved via a self-reflexive trajectory and multifarious textual solipsism.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Exhaustion; Intertextuality; Metafiction; Narrative event; Postmodernism; Replenishment
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 13:07
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