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The Story-Shaped World: Fiction and Metaphysics

Story-telling, since its earliest beginnings, has drawn its power not simply from the intrinsic fascination of a skilful narrative but from the fact that human beings are compelled to make `fictions' if they are to explain and come to terms with the world they experience. This holds true, as Mr Wicker shows in the course of a profound and wide-ranging enquiry, for the complex and often sophisticated novels and anti-novels of our own day just as much as for such traditional forms as myth and fairy-tale. The world remains `story-shaped'.
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Introduction: Metaphor and Metaphysics in Fiction Part One: Theoretical 1 Metaphor and `Analogy' 2 Metaphor and `Fiction' 3 Metaphor and `Nature' 4 Metaphor and `God' Notes to Part One Part Two: Critical Introductory 5 Lawrence and the Unseen Presences 6 Joyce and the Sense of an Ending 7 Waugh and the Narrator as Dandy 8 Beckett and the Death of the God-Narrator 9 Robbe-Grillet and the One-Dimensional Novel 10 Mailer and the Big Plot being hatched by Nature Notes to Part Two Conclusion Bibliography Index

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This Bloomsbury Academic Collection consists of a wide-range of classic research studies in Literary Criticism.

About the Author

Brian Wicker was Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Birmingham.

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