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Author Donoghue, William, 1949-
Title Mannerist fiction : pathologies of space from Rabelais to Pynchon / William Donoghue.
Imprint Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2014]

Subject English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Mannerism (Literature)
Mannerism (Art)
Formalism (Literature)
Space and time in literature.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Annotation In Mannerist Fiction, William Donoghue re-conceptualizes the history of formalism in western literature. Rather than presuming that literary experimentation with form - distorting space and time - began in the twentieth century with Modernism, Donoghue identifies the age of Copernicus as the crucible for the first experiments in spatial de-formation, which appeared in mannerist painting and literature. With wide-ranging erudition, Mannerist Fiction connects these literary and pictorial developments and traces their repetition and evolution over the next five hundred years. Time and again, Donoghue explains, scientific and literary paradigm shifts have occurred in parallel. Rabelais and Jonson wrote in the aftermath of changes in the western sense of space wrought by Copernicus and the voyages of discovery, Jonathan Swift and the Marquis de Sade in the age of Newton, Thomas Pynchon in the age of Einstein. With his analysis, Donoghue establishes disfigurement and deformation as perennial sources of literary fascination.
Contents Big people and little people : two cases of disproportion. Rabelais and Mannerism ; Swift and commensuratio -- Pathologies of deformation : Jonson, Sade, Pynchon. Narcissism : Jonson and the disfigured self ; Sade and the deformed body ; Hysteria : Pynchon's cartoon space -- Back to the future : From Picasso to Aristotle. Modernism and Mannerism ; Space and time for the ancients.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442669765 (electronic bk.)
1442669764 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 876266918
Additional Format Print version: Donoghue, William. Mannerist fiction 9781442648012 (OCoLC)865495450