Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick by Matthew Roberson

By Matthew Roberson

Examines Sukenick's function in reshaping the yank literary culture.

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Sukenick, Ronald. In Form: Digressions on the Act of Fiction. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985. ———. Narralogues: Truth in Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000. Tabbi, Joseph. Reading Matters: Narrative in the New Media Ecology. : Cornell Univeristy Press, 1997. Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957. “At Play in the Fields of Formal Thinking”: Up and Postmodernist Metafiction Charles B.

If the novel were to reinvent itself, as he maintained every novel that aspires to art must, it would have to do so by revisiting these two defining characteristics—the tradition that allowed some works, but not others, to be thought of as “novels,” and the nature of the novel as a print medium. The two were interrelated with the possibility of both being expanded, not narrowed, by technology. In fact, he writes, “this is typically what happens when a new medium is introduced. The new medium . .

Aligning his own novels within this tradition, he summarizes Sharon Spencer’s rationale for what she calls the “architectonic” novel, the novel characterized by the spatialization of its form: the spatialization of form serves as an alternative to the old novel’s sequential organization in plot and narrative. Through such techniques as juxtaposition and manipulation of the print on the space of the page, the novelist can create a structure which communicates by means of pattern rather than sequence in a manner approaching the plastic arts.

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