John Barth Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

John Barth Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

As a leading developer and writer of metafiction, John Barth wrote a body of work that, through the use of the fantastic and the absurd as well as the realistic and the romantic, portrays the human experience in the second half of the twentieth century. He is considered a leading writer in the field of postmodernist fiction.

Barth, who always hoped to bring alive philosophical alternatives in his stories, reviving old themes of literature and life—literature’s because they are life’s—is able to make a progression through these short fictions, retackling the problems, not by repetition but by constantly distilling the possibilities of technique. He has clearly opened the narrative consciousness, the...

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