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Author O'Connell, Mark, 1979-
Title John Banville's narcissistic fictions : the spectral self / Mark O'Connell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Imprint New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Banville's narcissists -- Missing twins -- The false self -- Shame -- Narrative narcissism -- The paradox of empathy
"John Banville's Narcissistic Fictions" is an exploration of Banville's novels from the point of view of various psychoanalytic understandings of the concept of narcissism. It presents this increasingly central figure in contemporary fiction as a writer for whom narcissism is both an essential truth of selfhood and a fundamental aspect of the writing of fiction. Though it deals with a number of theoretical concepts, it does so in a straightforward and highly accessible manner. The book is not simply a reading of a single, isolated aspect of Banville's work; rather, it presents narcissism as the key to understanding this writer, and as a way of bringing together the various disparate strands - thematic, stylistic and formal - of his complex and enigmatic oeuvre
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Link Print version: O'Connell, Mark, 1979- John Banville's narcissistic fictions 9780230361706 (DLC) 2013029254 (OCoLC)853664465
Subject Banville, John -- Criticism and interpretation
Banville, John. fast (OCoLC)fst00007216
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh bisacsh
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Criticism, interpretation, etc. fast (OCoLC)fst01411635
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