Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Lance Olsen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Critical Essay by Lance Olsen

SOURCE: "Linguistic Pratfalls in Barthelme," in South Atlantic Review, Vol. 51, No. 4, November, 1986, pp. 69-77.

In the following essay, Olsen illustrates how Barthelme transforms elements of physical comedy into linguistic humor in his works.

Why does language subvert me, subvert my seniority, my medals, my oldness, whenever it gets a chance? What does language have against me—me that has been good to it, respecting its little peculiarities and nicilosities, for sixty years.

            Donald Barthelme (Unspeakable Practices)

A critical commonplace: absurdity, parody, irony, burlesque, farce, satire, and so on abound at the stratum of events in Donald Barthelme's projects. In "The Joker's Greatest Triumph," a spoof on our superchic cartoonish consumer...

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