Date of Award
Master of Arts
This thesis was originally intended simply to be a discussion about the philosophical implications of some of Donald Barthelme's earlier short fictions ("metafictions," if you will--a term I will define later). However, Barthelme's nebulous status somewhere within the realm of "postmodern" fiction, itself an extremely opaque and undefinable term, leads me to wonder how to go about tackling this whole enterprise. Can Barthelme's fiction be understood if it is divorced from the larger body·of postmodern fiction, if a description of the general cha~acteristics of postmodern fiction is ignored? For that matter, can postmodern fiction, with its basic antimimetic presuppositions, really be adequately ~xamined without delving into the past to modernist fiction and investigating how postmodern fiction is both a rejection and a continuation of various conventions and assumptions of modernist fiction?
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Timothy Charles Lord
May 17, 2013
Lord, Timothy Charles, "Postmodernism and Donald Barthelme's metafictional commentary on contemporary philosophy" (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 81.