Barthelme Essays

  • Donald Barthelme

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    Donald Barthelme has been called “probably the most perversely gifted writer in the U.S.'; As well as “ one of the best, most significant and carefully developing young American writers'; (Harte and Riley, 41). He was born April 7, 1931 to Donald and Helen Barthelme in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barthelme had a wide range of careers during his lifetime. He worked as a newspaper reporter and as a managing editor of Location, and art and literature review (Harte and Riley, 41). His other

  • The Narrator in Barthelme's Me and Miss Mandible

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    Barthelme's "Me and Miss Mandible," something obtrusive which, as we read, forces us away from the text? A pronounced feeling of uneasiness seems to mark our reception of Barthelme, a range of anxiety expressed mainly in our responses to the story's narrator. Questions concerning his reliability and authenticity, and why Barthelme chooses to construct him in the manner he does become paramount, serving as pivotal gauges from which we read and critique his character. However, in establishing such

  • Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain

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    Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain Mountains are significant in the writing of Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme as symbolic representations of achievement and the isolation of an individual from the masses of the working class in industrialized capitalist American society. The mountains, depicted by Kerouac and Barthelme, rise above the American landscape as majestic entities whose peaks are touched by few enduring and brave souls. The mountains of Kerouac's

  • The Dead Father

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    neurosis/inspiration driving nearly all his work, from his first published story, ìMe and Miss Mandibleî in 1961, to his last novel, Paradise (1986).(Though The King is mentioned by Klinkowitz, it is clear he considers it to be barely part of the Barthelme canon.)For Klinkowitz, Barthelmeís near-obsessive goal as a post-modernist is to ìburyî his modernist father.For instance, Klinkowitz writes that, while at first glance ìMe and Miss Mandibleî seems a perfectly Kafkaesque tale of a man awakening to

  • Me And Miss Mandible - What Does it Mean?

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    cannot be redeemed, that will confuse me later and make me feel I am not getting anywhere" (Barthelme 400). I too, like the character Joseph, feel all the frustration and anger of trying to make sense out of a often deranged society that will tolerate no questions about its' sanity. "Like the Old Guard marching through the Russian drifts, the class marches to the conclusion that truth is punishment" (Barthelme 401). But I find I must risk the punishment, for my own well being and sense of personal

  • Analysis Of The School By Donald Barthelme

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    The School by Donald Barthelme is a short story that proposes the significance of life in front of its reader in the most absurd way possible. Fiction is a story that is not true whereas non-fiction is a tale based on real time. But what genre would best suit this short story by Donald? A fiction because it seems so unrealistic and depressing or a nonfiction because it conveys the true message of life through unusual occurrences of the deaths and life. The School should be considered a non-fiction

  • Use Of Anxiety In A Rose For Emily By Barthelme

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    Throughout the story, Barthelme method of writing is disconnected making it difficult to pinpoint what is happening during the first read through. The interaction between the couple seems to jump around as they abruptly switch between subjects rather than a smooth transition between subjects. For example, when the husband tells his wife she is supposed to be curing the ham, she tells him that the ham died and continues with, “I couldn’t cure it. I tried everything. You don’t love me anymore. The

  • The Psychology of Inspiration in Prose Poems by Lynn Emanuel

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    Portraits in Pain: The Psychology of Inspiration in Prose Poems by Lynn Emanuel Reconstructing notions such as potentiality and inspiration, Emanuel’s prose poems, whose thematic range spans from involvement with the paintings of her renowned father Akiba Emanuel (a model and ‘pupil’ of Matisse) to the ‘portraits’ of Gertrude Stein, illuminate the interrelationship between language and world, and the psychology of inhabiting both through inspiration. This paper will address the question

  • Donald Barthelem's Snow White and Jorge Luis Borges' The Garden of the Forking Paths

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    so too can a known story change. Both stories are taken in different periods of time, but generally in the past. Snow White by Donald Barthelme is a modern take of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grim. In the novel Snow White is characterized quite similar to her old self. In the beginning, the description “The hair as black as ebony, the skin white as snow” (Barthelme 4),” shows how similar she appears, yet this version of Snow White has her differences. She is older, and as such her height reflects

  • The Bluebeard Fairytale

    2224 Words  | 5 Pages

    the original story. “Bluebeard” is a story with many different versions, each with its own unique characteristics and style. A commonly known “Bluebeard” story written by Charles Perrault is interesting to compare to a version written by Donald Barthelme because the content in each seems so different from one another, but when examined more closely, the two actually have similarities. In comparison to Perrault’s version of “Bluebeard”, Barthelme’s more recent story incorporates a similar basic plot

  • Donald Barthelme’s Snow White

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    with a five percent solution of DDT. Then she dusted them with the dusting brush of the vacuum cleaner. She did not band the books together, for that injures the bindings. Then she mended some torn pages using the strips cut from rice paper” (Barthelme 43). Snow White is well educated in women’s studies, as well as, the basic elements of becoming a housewife, however, her longing for something better causes her to look and behave like anything but. The first way Snow White differs from the stereotypical

  • Postmodernism And Consumer Society In Barthelme's I Bought A Little City

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    Jameson concedes that postmodernism has a main characteristic, The city owner examined his newly purchased city and was pleased, but began making changes: “What a nice little city, it suits me fine. It suited me fine so I started to change it.” (Barthelme, 1974, p. 51) He made all of the citizens move out of their stately homes and proceeded to tear them all down. After doing this, he sought out advice from a citizen named Bill Caulfield to gain some insight on what they desired their future homes

  • The Indian Uprising (a Critique)

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    the clearer this is conveyed, the greater the appeal to the reader. However, some authors feel the need to resist this trend and forge new paths that sometime leaves the meanings of their stories obscure and hidden from the average reader. Donald Barthelme has taken this optional approach with his story "The Indian Uprising". There are several reasons that I did not fully enjoy this post-colonial short story. One, its "point" is vague and this is a challenge to my current reading abilities and two

  • Literary Analysis: Me And Miss Mandible

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    “Me and Miss Mandible” Literary Analysis After reading the short story, “Me and Miss Mandible” by Donald Barthelme I honestly did not understand what the author was attempting to achieve nor what the story was about. So eventually I read the story once again and it finally came to me. The story is told in first person narrative and it is a satirical analysis of the main character 's life and how he feels as though he is always being condescended, such as that of a child in an elementary

  • Into The Wild Chris Mccandless Analysis

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    Conor Large Into the Wild Literary Analysis Word Count: 1,248 The Story of Chris McCandless- As Told By John Muir and Donald Barthelme Following an intensive crash-course of the history of Chris McCandless and the first part of Jon Krakauer’s harrowing ascent of the Devil’s Thumb, is a group of pages collectively known as Chapter 15. Detailing the second half of his journey in the Alaskan Wilderness, and at the same time describing how his relationship with his father aided in both his empathetic

  • Features of Metafiction and Well Known Writers of the Genre

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    The reader of a metafiction raises the question-which is the real world? The ontology of “any fiction is justified/validated/vindicated in the context of various theories of representation in the field of literary art and practice. Among these theories the seminal and the most influential is the mimetic theory. The theory of mimesis (imitation) posits that there is a world out there, a world in which we all live and act, which we call “the real world”. What fiction does (for that matter any art)

  • Discussing Literary Genre

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    To define genre is to embark on a conjectural journey within a theoretical minefield. Genre theory has drawn immense debate and contemplation throughout literary history, however, several conclusions have emerged. Genre types are unfixed categories whose characteristics differ considerably among the specific genres; furthermore, the role of literary history plays a significant role in discussions of genre, for genre types evolve and shift with each new literary text. An approach to the discussion

  • Poetry

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    What we write about when we write about poetry. ( Antioch Review ) Let us begin by recognizing that one comes to a poem--or ought to come- -in openness and expectancy and acceptance. For a poem is an adventure, for both the poet and the reader: a venture into the as yet-unseen, the as-yet unexperienced. At the heart of it is the notknowing. It is search. It is discovery. It is existence entered. "You are lost the instant you know what the result will be," says the painter Juan Gris, speaking or and

  • What Does Twelfth Night Mean

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    Meter: is the rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables heard in literature EXAMPLE: Twelfth Night by William Shakespiare If music be the food of love , play on ; Give me excess of it , that, surfeiting , The appetite May sicken , and so die . That strain again! it had a dying fall : O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound , That breathes upon a bank of violets Stanza: different fragments that make up a poem or a song. Often these parts are organized in the same way and consist

  • The Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry

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    Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry You don't need a destination to run away. All you have to know is what you are leaving behind. In the 1960's, young men and women in the United States, especially on the west coast, made a mad dash away from almost two centuries of American tradition. They ran to so many different places that it would be impossible to generalize about their aims and philosophies. What they had in common was the running itself. America