John Banville's Narcissistic Fictions: The Spectral Self

Hardcover | September 20, 2013

byMark O'connell

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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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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 o...

Mark O'Connell teaches contemporary British and Irish fiction in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, UK, where he recently completed an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He has published essays on twentieth- and twenty-first century fiction in Studies in the Novel, Critique, Orbis Litterarum, Irish Studies Review and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.68 × 5.64 × 0.94 inPublished:September 20, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230361706

ISBN - 13:9780230361706

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Banville's Narcissists
3. Missing Twins
4. The False Self
5. Shame
6. Narrative Narcissism
7. The Paradox of Empathy
8. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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