Julian Barnes: A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

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Published in 1989, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters is Julian Barnes’s fifth novel and, together with Flaubert’s Parrot, it is his most experimental work and the one which has attracted the most attention from critics and readers. Both novels are marked by formal ingenuity and display postmodernist features such as generic hybridity, a blurring of the borders between fiction and historiography, epistemological questionings as to what can be known about the past as well as narrative and structural fragmentation. Right from its title, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters destabilizes generic conventions by pointing in the direction of both history and fiction, while the indefinite …

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Guignery, Vanessa. "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 April 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7156, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Metafictional Writing
  2. Postmodernist British Fiction