'It's Stories Still': Reflexivity in Samuel Beckett's Narrative
Jose Angel Garcia Landa
Universidad de Zaragoza
Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, Vol. 5, pp. 57-81, 1992
This paper explores the use of reflexive and metafictional narrative structures in 'The Unnamable' and other texts by Samuel Beckett. Reflexivity is shown to be the structural basis of Beckett's fiction at all textual levels, from the articulation of character and plot development, through the use of narrative voice and modality, to the implied authorial level and the aesthetic stance of the text. Narratology and deconstruction are used as analytical tools to explore the peculiar semiotic productivity of the Beckettian text and draw the aesthetic and philosophical implications of Beckett's use of narrative form.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Narrative, Fiction, Metafiction, Reflexivity, Samuel Beckett, PlotAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 3, 2010
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