Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Synopsis

Identifying six significant writers - Whitman, Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, Lewis Carroll, Proust and D. H. Lawrence - Katy Masuga explores their influence on Miller's work as well as Miller's retroactive impact on their writing. She explores four forms of intertextuality in relation to each 'ancestral' author: direct allusions; unconscious style; reverse influence; and participation of the ancestral author as part of the story within the text. The study is informed by the theories of Bakhtin, Barthes and Kristeva on polyvocity and of Blanchot, Wittgenstein and Deleuze on language games and the indefatigability of writing.

By presenting Miller in intertextual context, he emerges as a noteworthy modernist writer whose contributions to literature include the struggle to find a distinctive voice alongside a distinguished lineage of literary figures.

Key Features
Major contribution to rehabilitating an important and often overlooked twentieth-century writer
Places Miller's work in thought-provoking intertextual relationships among a diverse range of writers
Provides an incisive critical approach to Miller's writing

Additional information

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2011

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