Textual Wanderings
The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression

Edited by Rhian Atkin

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

6 July 2011  •  142pp

ISBN: 978-1-907747-90-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Digression is a crucial motif in literary narratives. It features as a key characteristic of fictional works from Cervantes and Sterne, to Proust, Joyce and Calvino. Moving away from a linear narrative and following a path of associations reflects how we think and speak. Yet an author’s inability to stick to the point has often been seen to detract from a work of literature, somehow weakening it. This wide-ranging and timely volume seeks to celebrate narrative digressions and move towards a theoretical framework for studying the meanderings of literary texts as a useful and valuable aspect of literature. Essays discussing some of the possibilities for approaching narrative digression from a theoretical perspective are complemented with focused studies of European and American authors. As a whole, the book offers a broad and varied view of textual wanderings.

Rhian Atkin teaches Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Manchester, and is completing a PhD at the University of Leeds.

Contents:

1-14
Introduction: ‘Perfume from a dress...’: On Not Getting to the Point
J. J. Long
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15-26
Re-reading Digression: Towards a Theory of Plotless Narrativity
Samuel Frederick
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27-36
Reflections on the Fruitful Error
Richard Hibbitt
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37-46
‘On with the Story!’ John Barth’s Theory of Narrative Digression
Jena Habegger-Conti
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47-63
Italian Digressions
Olivia Santovetti
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64-81
‘I’ve Started So I’ll — ’: Marivaux’s La Vie de Marianne
Will McMorran
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82-98
Stepping Away: Radical Digressivity and At Swim-Two-Birds
Maebh Long
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99-111
Tell It Again, José! Some Principles of Digression in Saramago
Rhian Atkin
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112-126
Is Digression a Viable Concept for Literary Studies?
Christine Angela Knoop
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Bibliography entry:

Atkin, Rhian (ed.), Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression (Cambridge: Legenda, 2011)

First footnote reference: 35 Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression, ed. by Rhian Atkin (Cambridge: Legenda, 2011), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Atkin, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Atkin, Rhian (ed.). 2011. Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Atkin 2011: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Atkin 2011: 21.

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