“The aesthetic of the gap” : the limits of storytelling in the work of Jennifer Egan

Rouverol, AJ 2021, '“The aesthetic of the gap” : the limits of storytelling in the work of Jennifer Egan' , Contemporary Women's Writing, 15 (2) , pp. 280-299.

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Abstract

A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) is distinctively marked by the use of gaps and lacunae within the narrative’s construction, directing the reader’s focus to the unnarrated. This article examines the resultant silences and storytelling that emerges from them in the novel, with a consideration of Egan’s earlier works, The Invisible Circus (1995), Look at Me (2001), The Keep (2006), and “Black Box” (2012). Egan’s use of prolepsis, analepsis, and the juxtaposition of story time to narrative time in A Visit from the Goon Squad creates an aesthetic of the gap, which finds a new way to dramatize the impossibility of a total narrative. The novel breaks with traditional narrative structures, illustrating “Spiral Time” to evince questions of limitation and possibility within the work.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Women's Writing
Publisher: Oxford Journals
ISSN: 1754-1476
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 13:15
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 09:45
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64715

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