LOST IN THE FUNHOUSEby John Barth, John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse. John Barth’s titular short story, ‘Lost in the Funhouse’, from his subversive short- story collection Lost in the Funhouse, is an overt example of the theories. Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth. BACKGROUND. John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language. He wrote short stories like “Lost in the.

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Pastiche — In postmodern literature, pasting together various genres or styles. Views Read Edit View history. How about sitting in the audience at Boston College on the eve of a wintery storm whilst Herr Meister Barth reads the entire damn thing inclusive of visual aids by way of cue cards keeping count of all of that ‘”‘ and ”’.

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Despite being billed as a connected series, this collection covers a lot of relatively unconnected ground, veering between personal narrative, self-reflexive formal pyrotechnics, and re-constructed mythology.

Jorge Luis Borges was a primary influence, [7] as acknowledged by Barth a number of times, most notably in ” The Literature of Exhaustion “.

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The Library of Babylon: Was a John Barth pocketbook, perhaps, not good enough for the girls with big hair? I get the feeling people don’t read Barth as much funhoues. There’s definitely a few stories in here that are must-reads for fans of the genre.

Should I take the time to deconstruct your stories, I suspect your only message is that life sucks and we will all die one day, in which case I must thank you for this highly original and important message that is worth taking the time to consider. That’s reason enough to read it.

Lost in the Funhouse

See and discover other items: Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from February All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes CS1 errors: Books by John Barth. How seriously ought we regard the book’s subtitle, “for Print, Tape, Live Voice”? So, the way I read LitF is not as discrete stories but as a curated set which read together comprise a “work,” if not a novel of sorts.

After that, the stories get immensely more readable and relatable. He is not going to make you eat your short fiction or even make you shoot Chekhov’s gun sitting on the fictional wall next to you. Barth insists, however, on the serial nature of the stories, and that a unity can be found in them as collected. It is as if the author felt it necessary to delete the names for reasons of tact or legal liability.


Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

You, dogged, uninsultable, print-oriented bastard, it’s you I’m addressing, who else, from inside funhouze monstrous fiction. This is not a review review; it’s a reaction.

As critics decried the Death of the Novel, Death of the Story, Death of the Author, Death of et cetera, Barth took it upon himself to revel in the debris, causing further destruction in the process.

In what bath apparently an argument between a couple with problems in their relationship, Barth rejects giving details of names and descriptions, instead just using the words “fill in the blank”. Everything arrived quickly and as advertised. Or better still a full stop. It’s not me speaking to you. Unfortunately, like so many front-loaded albums from bands that you only kind of like, the second half was supremely tiresome.