Category Archives: 5.b NARRATIVE THEORY

ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14,500 words)

Orwell, as he himself said, came from a lower, professional service fraction of the English and imperial ruling class that was “simultaneously dominator and dominated” (R. Williams), so that a combination of State and monopoly power became his major nightmare. … Continue reading

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“EXCELSIOR,” OR ON THE HORIZONS OF PARODY: SYNCHRONIC AIM AND REFERENCE (2012, 6,000 words)

Darko Suvin                                                                             … Continue reading

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TO LAPUTA AND BACK (2003-04, 9,840 words)

The article is divided into three parts. Part 1, Entering Laputa in the Winter of Our Discontent, deals with general presuppositions, including those on intellectuals in Post-Fordism and as members of de facto English Departments. Part 2, Visiting the Word-Machine, … Continue reading

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ROMANCE STUDIES IN GERMANY AND WERNER KRAUSS (2002, 7,300 words)

The relations of Romance Studies and Nazism are discussed on the basis of new publications. The second part discusses the career of Werner Krauss, an unjustly neglected scholar.

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AGAINST ORIGINALS: HONKADORI AND THE HORIZONS OF PASTICHE (1993-97, 8,220 words)

A Preliminary Reflection on Pastiche (As Well As Parody); On Japanese honkadori as Catalysis; Some Conclusions: On Originality

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THE COGNITIVE COMMODITY: FICTIONAL DISCOURSE AS NOVELTY AND CIRCULATION (1986, 7,150 words)

Anthropology of creativity in capitalism on the traces of Marx and Benjamin. Fashion, market, sensationalism; the press, selling writing, novelty in detail and repetition of type; gambling, financial speculaion, the sanctified commodity (Brecht)

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AGENTIAL ANALYSIS, TYPES, AND THE CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVEL (1983-86, 12,000 words)

Darko Suvin                                                                             … Continue reading

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TWO HOLY COMMODITIES: THE PRACTICES OF FICTIONAL DISCOURSE AND EROTIC DISCOURSE (1985, 6,600 words)

Fictional  discourse  and erotic  discourse are approached, following Marx’s Grundrisse, as literary genres that are in capitalism also (often primarily) commodities. Sections: 1. Cognitive Discourse as Commodity: The Novum as Fashion; 2. Press and Sex: A Homology; 3. Cognition and … Continue reading

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METAPHORICITY AND NARRATIVITY IN FICTION: THE CHRONOTOPE AS THE DIFFERENTIA GENERICA (1984, 7,000 words)

Darko Suvin                                                                             … Continue reading

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