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Moral metafiction : counterdiscourse in the novels of Timothy Findley /
Donna Palmateer Pennee.
imprint
Toronto : ECW Press, c1991.
description
117 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1550221388 :
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imprint
Toronto : ECW Press, c1991.
isbn
1550221388 :
catalogue key
2497027
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-117).
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Main Description
Examines Findley's novels, from "The Last of the Crazy People" through "The Telling of Lies," for the ways in which their use of metafictive devices pose specifically ethical challenges for readers. Findley's novels dramatize the process of interpretation and interrogation of dominant discourses from the point of view of those subjects either already marginalized by history or who choose to repudiate dominant texts and thus become marginalized. As revisionist texts, these novels tell history from the losers' point of view, and in the process of explicating how dominant discourse is constructed, they create the possibility of other constructions and seek to express counterdiscourses. But they also make clear that such expressions are themselves constructions: their ethical challenge lies in problematizing readers' knowledge of dominant history and in asking readers to choose their constructions carefully.
Main Description
Examines Findley's novels, from The Last of the Crazy People through The Telling of Lies , for the ways in which their use of metafictive devices pose specifically ethical challenges for readers. Findley's novels dramatize the process of interpretation and interrogation of dominant discourses from the point of view of those subjects either already marginalized by history or who choose to repudiate dominant texts and thus become marginalized. As revisionist texts, these novels tell history from the losers' point of view, and in the process of explicating how dominant discourse is constructed, they create the possibility of other constructions and seek to express counterdiscourses. But they also make clear that such expressions are themselves constructions: their ethical challenge lies in problematizing readers' knowledge of dominant history and in asking readers to choose their constructions carefully.
Main Description
Examines Findley's novels, fromThe Last of the Crazy PeoplethroughThe Telling of Lies, for the ways in which their use of metafictive devices pose specifically ethical challenges for readers. Findley's novels dramatize the process of interpretation and interrogation of dominant discourses from the point of view of those subjects either already marginalized by history or who choose to repudiate dominant texts and thus become marginalized. As revisionist texts, these novels tell history from the losers' point of view, and in the process of explicating how dominant discourse is constructed, they create the possibility of other constructions and seek to express counterdiscourses. But they also make clear that such expressions are themselves constructions: their ethical challenge lies in problematizing readers' knowledge of dominant history and in asking readers to choose their constructions carefully.

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