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Fiction in the Quantum Universe Paperback – May 25, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807843652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807843659
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A worthy book-one which offers a new means of understanding literature and opens up new questions."Synthesis"


Strehle is a superior critic who has written a significant analysis of several major works in an overlooked but essential context. . . . [The book] is a coherent whole, not just a collection of disparate essays. It is carefully organized around a specific theme, which she has expressed in sophisticated yet accessible terms.--John Kuehl, New York University|A worthy book--one which offers a new means of understanding literature and opens up new questions. . . . A valuable contribution to the study of both literary theory and the novel.--Synthesis|Susan Strehle's Fiction in the Quantum Universe performs a valuable service in showing that the realist/antirealist categories of contemporary fiction cannot adequately account for the qualities of fictions that she calls 'actualist,' which are the same qualities of a quantum universe hovering between existence and nonexistence, reality and nonreality. With an impressive range of references and supple readings of important contemporary authors, Fiction in the Quantum Universe connects importantly to current debates within the scientific community on realism and antirealism. I recommend it highly.--N. Katherine Hayles

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peg on December 23, 2012
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Susan Strehle has assembled a group of contemporary novelists whose aims are to pursue "art" and "actuality" within fiction. Strehle pulls from Werner Heisenberg's distinction between the "actual and the real. At the subatomic level, he says, reality is not real, but it is active, dynamic, 'actual.'" All of the authors Strehle investigates are those who left Newtonian science behind and dives head first into the quantum literary world where "actualism abandons and even subverts the narrative conventions of realism." The authors Strehle covers extenively include Thomas Pynchon, Robert Coover, William Gaddis, John Barth, Margaret Atwood, and Donald Barthelme.
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