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not as ends in themselves like so much dead-end
on September 6, 2014
Somehow I have missed this book, but it is a must-read if you are at all interested in the development of self-reference as a trope in postmodern fiction. Barth's commitment in this volume to write narratives that are aware of their role as such makes this quite a read (and a blueprint for later pomo heavy-hitters such as DFW in that it is interested in using these devices as means to an end, not as ends in themselves like so much dead-end, pyrotechnic writing). This book is an obligatory passage point.