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The Avant-Postman

The Avant-Postman

Experiment in Anglophone and Francophone Fiction in the Wake of James Joyce

Vichnar, David

subjects: literary criticism

paperback, 510 pp., 1. edition
published: september 2023
ISBN: 978-80-246-4937-5
recommended price: 500 czk



The Avant-Postman explores a broad range of innovative postwar writing in France, Great Britain, and the United States. Taking James Joyce’s “revolution of the word” in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake as a joint starting point, David Vichnar draws genealogical lines through the work of more than fifty writers up to the present, including Alain Robbe-Grillet, B. S. Johnson, William Burroughs, Christine Brooke-Rose, Georges Perec, Kathy Acker, Iain Sinclair, Hélène Cixous, Alan Moore, David Foster Wallace, and many others. Centering the exploration around five writing strategies employed by Joyce—narrative parallax, stylistic metempsychosis, concrete writing, forgery, and neologizing the logos—the book reveals the striking continuities and developments from Joyce’s day to our own.