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.
Linda Hutcheon is Associate Professor of English at McMaster University.
"In this volume Hutcheon accomplishes two important goals at once. She provides sensitive, insightful readings of a wide range of contemporary novels which are genuinely difficult to read, even to adepts. And at the same time she places these readings within the contexts of critical theory which seem to be required in order to do these works justice. Either of these tasks by itself would be formidable; here critical precept and textual analysis are woven together throughout the work.... There is no mistaking the high degree of critical intelligence which is evident throughout this book. Present everywhere is esthetic sensibility joined to theoretical awareness. For anyone working on this body of literature, or on other works in a similar vein, this book provides an essential point of reference." -- Irwin Gopnik, McGill University -- , Recherches sA (c)miotiques/Semiotic Inquiry, Vol. 2 no. 4