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Subject How to read John Barth
Posted by bucklee
Posted on Thu Mar 16 16:16:11 2000
From IP  

As for John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse" and "life story,"
he tries to change the conventional narratorial in the work of fiction. The ilogical or non-linear plot within the story does challenge the readers' comptences and patience.
Readers would feel anxious about the disorder and uncertainity within the story. Meanwhile, the desperate longing for the so-called "ending" of the story also makes readers upset or even confused about the multivoiced expression or hypertextaulity.

Therefoer, I think about one question: "if readers (like us) begin to read this postmodern texts in non-organized way, (just like temporarly catch one short pargraph and read it, and then read another one from the end of the story...), does this way of reading affect or change the significant meaning which John Barth wants to state at first?


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