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The Resource Obscure invitations : the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature, Benjamin Widiss

Obscure invitations : the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature, Benjamin Widiss

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Obscure invitations : the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature
Title
Obscure invitations
Title remainder
the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature
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Benjamin Widiss
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Language
eng
Summary
Literary studies in the post-war era have consistently barred attributing specific intentions to authors based on textual evidence or ascribing textual presences to the authors themselves. Obscure Invitations argues that this taboo has blinded us to fundamental elements of twentieth-century literature. Widiss focuses on the particularly self-conscious constructions of authorship that characterize modernist and postmodernist writing, elaborating the narrative strategies they demand and the reading practices they yield. He reveals that apparent manifestations of "the death of the author" and of the "free play" of language are performances that ultimately affirm authorial control of text and reader. The book significantly revises received understandings of central texts by Faulkner, Stein, and Nabokov. It then discusses Eggers' Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the films Seven and The Usual Suspects, demonstrating that each is a highly self-aware rebuttal of the notion of authorial absence
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Midwest
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Widiss, Benjamin Leigh
Dewey number
  • 810.9/005
  • 810.9005
  • 810.9005
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • American literature
  • Authors and readers
  • Authorship
  • Authorship in literature
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adult
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Obscure invitations : the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature, Benjamin Widiss
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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MWT11885028
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unknown
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1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780804780681
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11885028
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11885028
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Obscure invitations : the persistence of the author in twentieth-century American literature, Benjamin Widiss
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11885028
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780804780681
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11885028
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11885028
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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