Multiple Narratives, Versions and Truth in the Contemporary Novel

Authors: Frangipane, Nicholas

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  • Explores how the definition of truth has shifted and become a defining element of contemporary literature
  • Draws on narrative theory, postmodernism, and theory of the mind
  • Demonstrates how the postmodernist and contemporary approaches to multiple versions in narrative differ
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Multiple Narratives, Versions and Truth in the Contemporary Novel considers the shifting perception of truth in fiction. Nicholas Frangipane examines the narrative technique of telling multiple versions of the same sets of events, presenting both true and false versions of the events within a fictional work. This book looks closely at these “Reflexive Double Narratives” in order to understand the way many contemporary writers have attempted to work past postmodernism without forgetting its lessons. Frangipane explores how writers like Ian McEwan, Yann Martel and Alice Munro have departed from the radical experimentation of their predecessors and instead make sincere attempts to find ways that fictional writing can reveal enduring truths, and in so doing, redefine the meaning of “truth” itself and signal the emergence of post-postmodernism. 


About the authors

Nicholas Frangipane is Instructor of English at Suffolk University, USA. His essays have appeared in Poetics Today, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Hypermedia Joyce Studies and Brontë Studies.


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“This book focuses on a crucial feature of contemporary, post-postmodernist fiction, a duality in relation to issues of narrative and truth. Frangipane provides important insights on this duality by focusing on reflexive double narratives that tell two versions of a story. The book is written in a clear, engaging style that helpfully combines theoretical reflection with detailed literary analyses.” (Hanna Meretoja, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Turku, Finland)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Frangipane, Nicholas

  • Shifting Attitudes Toward the Verisimilitude of Narrative in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature

    Pages 11-36

    Frangipane, Nicholas

  • The Quality of Qualia: Truth and Ethics in Reflexive Double Narratives

    Pages 37-69

    Frangipane, Nicholas

  • Joyful Solipsism: Implied Multiple Narratives in the Contemporary Novel

    Pages 71-84

    Frangipane, Nicholas

  • Double Memories: Multiple Versions of Memories as a Way to Understand Characters and Ourselves

    Pages 85-104

    Frangipane, Nicholas

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Hardcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multiple Narratives, Versions and Truth in the Contemporary Novel
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32193-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32193-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32192-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 122
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