Timothy Findley And The Aesthetics Of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance by Anne Geddes BaileyTimothy Findley And The Aesthetics Of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance by Anne Geddes Bailey

Timothy Findley And The Aesthetics Of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance

byAnne Geddes Bailey

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley's novels, throughout which writing and reading literature are portrayed as dangerous and political acts.Findley's novels often expose the ideological underpinnings of the cultures in which they exist, compelling their readers to become politically active social critics. However, reading and writing can be dangerous acts not only because of their revolutionary potential; they can also be dangerous because of their conservatism. The conservative and often dangerous need for narrative unity and closure is nowhere more evident than in Findley's continued intertextual returns to the historical period of Modernism and Fascism. By re-presenting these historical moments and texts, Findley's novels simultaneously arouse and critique both the artist's and the reader's desire for aesthetic resolution and completion when confronted with various kinds of narrative ruptures.Although Findley clearly admires the modernist texts that appear in his own fiction, his novels also reveal how the modernist search for metaphoric unity and meaning in the face of real social and political fragmentation often reflects, and often enacts, an aesthetic akin to that offascism. The disturbing and seductive power of this fascist aesthetic haunts Findley's novels, and even in those not focused on that historical period, justifies and energizes various social and literary structures of power which seek to impose metaphoric meanings upon disjunctive realities.
Anne Geddes Bailey is the author of Paying Attention: New Perspectives on Timothy Findley and Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance .
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Title:Timothy Findley And The Aesthetics Of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and ResistanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889223866

ISBN - 13:9780889223868

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Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley's novels, throughout which writing and reading literature are portrayed as dangerous and political acts. The disturbing and seductive power of the fascist aesthetic haunts Findley's novels, and even in those not focused on that historical period, justifies and energizes various social and literary structures of power which seek to impose metaphoric meanings upon disjunctive realities.