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By Benjamin Widiss

Literary reports within the postwar period have always barred attributing particular intentions to authors in keeping with textual proof or ascribing textual presences to the authors themselves. Obscure Invitations argues that this taboo has blinded us to basic parts of twentieth-century literature. Widiss specializes in the fairly self-conscious structures of authorship that represent modernist and postmodernist writing, elaborating the narrative recommendations they call for and the studying practices they yield. He unearths that obvious manifestations of "the loss of life of the writer" and of the "free play" of language are performances that eventually confirm authorial keep an eye on of textual content and reader. The publication considerably revises bought understandings of critical texts by means of Faulkner, Stein, and Nabokov. It then discusses Eggers' Heartbreaking paintings of awesome Genius and the flicks Seven and The traditional Suspects, demonstrating that every is a hugely self-aware rebuttal of the inspiration of authorial absence.

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He does not look in. . Eula watches him as he goes on and passes from sight. . When she finds [Cora] watching her, her eyes go blank” (8–9). ” As one starts to pay close attention, the notion of seeing or hearing the saw becomes increasingly odd. Before long, it will become wholly significant in its own right. Five pages later, Jewel ups the rhythm and the ante: “It’s because he stays out there, right under the window, hammering and sawing on that goddamn box. Where she’s got to see him.

But I want to divorce the pedagogical impulse from the institutional housing, to suggest that even novels like Faulkner’s function in a fashion akin to far more approachable work like Loos’s, that both teach us how to read in and on their own particular terms, and that those terms entail precisely this variance of affection and identification. McGurl’s elaboration of the ways in which we are assimilated at some times to character viewpoints and at others to authorial ones accords with what I am calling, respectively, mimetic and aesthetic investments.

More conducive to my readings is McGurl’s conception of significantly more fluid dynamics of distancing and melding between readers, characters, and authors. McGurl proposes that the novel’s ambiguous cultural status in the late nineteenth century yields an attempt “to reinvent itself as fi ne art” (5), and he introduces this attempt as one of differentiation, manifested through the presence of and fascination with, in each of the novels he reads, a “dialectical foil”—the “naïve, stupid, low, primitive, childish, [or] uneducated” (9).

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