Ideas of Order

Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers

1. Edition, 2012
316 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-6081-8
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 227
Available: 19.11.2012

Keywords: Metafiktion, Subjektivität /i. d. Literatur, postmoderne Literatur, Powers, Richard, Neorealismus, Ordnung (Motiv), Wissensproduktion, Informationszeitalter, amerikanische Literatur

Investigating the distinct poetics of Richard Powers’ writing, this volume demonstrates that the author’s complex body of fictional work warrants much more focused and systematic critical attention than it has received so far. The essays explore how Powers’ work oscillates between the poles of realism and metafictional postmodernism, creating narratives in which the conventions of realism are both deployed and undermined, in which characters are simultaneously presented as motivated agents and as textual constructs. By conceptualizing Powers’ novels as texts in which order is both a central and a consciously fictional idea, the essays collected in this volume discuss how Powers’ densely structured fictions indicate the potential of a concrete relation between life and literature that manifests itself in an inherently narrative vision of human consciousness.


Nathalie Aghoro in: Kritikon Litterarum, 40 (2013), Heft 3/4, 282ff

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