Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Neil Schmitz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Critical Essay by Neil Schmitz

SOURCE: "Donald Barthelme and the Emergence of Modern Satire," in The Minnesota Review, No. 1, Fall, 1971, pp. 109-18.

In the following essay, Schmitz examines Barthelme's satirical treatment of language in his works.

"Oh God comma I abhor self-consciousness," declares the narrator of "Title" in John Barth's Lost in the Funhouse. "I despise what we have come to; I loathe our loathesome loathing, our place our time our situation, our loathesome art, this ditto necessary story." Still another narrator, the teller of "Life-Story." punches his way irately through the convolute form of his text and plucks the reader into complicity. "The reader! You, dogged, uninsultable, print-oriented bastard, it's you I'm addressing, who else, from inside this monstrous fiction. You've read me this far, then...

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