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Narcissistic Narrative

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Modes & Forms of Narrative Narcissism: Introduction of a Typology; Process & Product: The Implications of Metafiction for the Theory of the Novel as a Mimetic Genre; Thematizing Narrative Artifice: Parody, Allegory, & the Mise En Abyme; Freedom Through Artifice: The French Lieutenants Woman; Actualizing Narrative Structures: Detective Plot, Fantasy, Games, & the Erotic; The Language of Fiction: Creating the Heterocosm of Fictive Referents; The Theme of Linguistic identity: La Maccina Modiale; Generative Word Play: The Outer Limits of the Novel Genre; Composite Identity: The Reader, the Writer, the Critic; Conclusion & Speculations; Index of Subjects & Names.

About the Author

Linda Hutcheon is Associate Professor of English at McMaster University.


Hutcheon's study, which is thoroughly well-informed...succeeds in showing the broad range of the metafictional phenomenon in our time by discussing numerous writers and numerous texts.... [T]he strengths of Hutcheon's book are many...and I highly recommend this study for its intelligence, its informativeness, and its insights.--Gerald Prince "French Forum "

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