Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Maurice Couturier and Regis Durand

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Critical Essay by Maurice Couturier and Regis Durand

SOURCE: Couturier, Maurice and Durand, Regis. “Barthelme's Code of Transaction.” In Donald Barthelme, pp. 42-50. London: Methuen, 1982.

In the following essay, Couturier and Durand analyze the different forms of transaction and discourse in Barthelme's short fiction.

Barthelme's fiction—rather like Beckett's—does point in the direction of a theoretical reconstruction of the self; this is a comic enterprise, however, and is undercut by one of Barthelme's favourite strategies of displacement and defence, his constant irony. His irony is, as we have seen, a generator of fiction, but when applied to the psychological and historical world it becomes part of the complicated game of the troubled subject. A good example of this is his story ‘The Sandman’, in Sadness, which consists of a...

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