The Resource Fiction in the quantum universe, Susan Strehle

Fiction in the quantum universe, Susan Strehle

Label
Fiction in the quantum universe
Title
Fiction in the quantum universe
Statement of responsibility
Susan Strehle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Susan Strehle argues that a new fiction has developed from the influence of modern physics. The changed physical world appears in both content and form in some of the most ambitious recent fiction, which Strehle names "actualism" after the observations of Werner Heisenberg. Within that framework she explores the meditations on actuality in Pynchon, Coover, Gaddis, Barth, Atwood, and Barthelme. Although important recent narratives diverge markedly from realistic practice, this book claims that they do so in order to reflect more acutely on what we now understand as real. According to Strehle, the actualists balance attention to questions of art with an engaged meditation on the external, actual world. Reality is no longer realistic; in the new physical or quantum universe, it is discontinuous, energetic, relative, statistical, subjectively seen, and uncertainly known--all terms taken from the new physics. Actualist fiction is characterized by incompletions, indeterminacy, and "open" endings unsatisfying to the readerly wish for fulfilled promises and completed patterns. Gravity's Rainbow, for example, ends not with a period but with a dash. Realistic novels typically construct solid, believable, particularized environments, but actualist texts combine the plausible and the strange. Thus a recognizable campus like Berkeley or Cornell has a suburb called San Narciso or Zembla. Strehle makes the point that these innovations in narrative form reflect in allied ways upon twentieth-century history, politics, and science. Arguing that the perception of a changed reality reaches into philosophy, psychology, literary theory, and other areas of inquiry, the book advances a pluralistic view of the meaning of contemporary fiction. A final chapter extends the discussion beyond the North American borders to African, South American, and European texts, suggesting a global community of writers whose fiction belongs in the quantum universe
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strehle, Susan
Dewey number
813/.5409356
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.P45
LC item number
S77 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Physics in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • Quantum theory in literature
  • Roman américain
  • Physique dans la littérature
  • Littérature et sciences
  • Postmodernisme (Littérature)
  • Théorie quantique dans la littérature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Literature and science
  • Physics in literature
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • Quantum theory in literature
  • United States
  • Postmodernisme
  • Kwantummechanica
  • Letterkunde
  • Roman américain
  • Postmodernisme et littérature
  • Littérature et science
Label
Fiction in the quantum universe, Susan Strehle
Link
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-270) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585003702
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42328619
  • (OCoLC)ocm42328619
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Fiction in the quantum universe, Susan Strehle
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1530
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-270) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585003702
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42328619
  • (OCoLC)ocm42328619
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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