John Barth once studied to become a jazz arranger. Does his literary technique have anything in common with jazz?
Todd Andrews in The Floating Opera cannot bring himself to exclude any fact gathered in his research, presumably a consequence of the world lacking any ordering principle. Could this failing be explained in any other way?
Explore the suggestions of the “alternative” title of Giles Goat-Boy, which is The Revised New Syllabus.
Discuss the following assertion: Barth’s novels frequently contain bawdy elements, but the novels themselves are not bawdy.
Is there a contradiction involved in judging the world “absurd” and working as hard and long at educational and literary pursuits as Barth has?
Although Barth’s successive works have provoked surprise—it has never been easy to predict what he will do next--does not a careful study of his work reveal strikingly consistent features?