"On the hole business is very good."-- William Gaddis' rewriting of novelistic tradition in "JR" (1975)

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Title:
"On the hole business is very good."-- William Gaddis' rewriting of novelistic tradition in "JR" (1975)
Author:
Thomas, Rainer
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
The thesis examines how the American novelist William Gaddis replenishes the tradition of the novel by way of a parodic subversion of its enabling assumptions. In the face of the subject's on-going marginalization, mimetic narrative appears as an "exhausted" literary form. JR (1975) directs the reader's attention to the complexity of language. In that sense, the novel problematizes the conditions for the existence of meaning in fiction. By means of narrative dissemination, Gaddis points to those anarchic energies in oral speech, which thwart efforts to instrumentalize language. Human beings in JR do not possess a recognizable personality, they are metonymic functions of cultural discourses. Deprived of their origins, they have to cope with an orphaned existence. The author also suspends his controlling functions and becomes a narrative stumbling block through disconcerting intrusions. Thus the text is constituted from the diversity of linguistic material in popular culture.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Gaddis, William, 1922- . JR.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; English
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
O'Donnell, Patrick

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.title"On the hole business is very good."-- William Gaddis' rewriting of novelistic tradition in "JR" (1975)en_US
dc.creatorThomas, Raineren_US
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Raineren_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe thesis examines how the American novelist William Gaddis replenishes the tradition of the novel by way of a parodic subversion of its enabling assumptions. In the face of the subject's on-going marginalization, mimetic narrative appears as an "exhausted" literary form. JR (1975) directs the reader's attention to the complexity of language. In that sense, the novel problematizes the conditions for the existence of meaning in fiction. By means of narrative dissemination, Gaddis points to those anarchic energies in oral speech, which thwart efforts to instrumentalize language. Human beings in JR do not possess a recognizable personality, they are metonymic functions of cultural discourses. Deprived of their origins, they have to cope with an orphaned existence. The author also suspends his controlling functions and becomes a narrative stumbling block through disconcerting intrusions. Thus the text is constituted from the diversity of linguistic material in popular culture.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectGaddis, William, 1922- . JR.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorO'Donnell, Patricken_US
dc.identifier.proquest1337987en_US
dc.identifier.oclc22515159en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17449996en_US
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