The Paradigms of Fiction
Mediating the World in the Novels of Iain Banks: The Paradigms of Fiction thus develops a critical paradigm capable of uniting the extremely versatile mainstream production of this Scottish writer.
About the book
About the book
Katarzyna Pisarska’s Mediating the World is a pioneering attempt at a structural-semiotic analysis of Iain Banks’s literary fiction considered as a single oeuvre. All Banks’s fictions, she argues, are organized around the question of mediation between character and world, whether the mediation be social, impersonal and objective on the one hand, or individual, personal and subjective on the other. This insight gives rise to a typology of four different kinds of ‘world modeling.’ All four, she argues, derive from The Wasp Factory, but thereafter one or other is dominant in each of the later novels. The result is a powerfully productive methodology for reading Banks.
Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Monash University, Melbourne
Depicting the variety of Iain Banks’s multiple fictional realities, his escapist dream worlds, lands of music and of memory, the universes of the past and of the future, mythical regions and apocalyptic quarters, Katarzyna Pisarska’s thought-provoking inquiry presented in Mediating the World exposes the full scope of Banks’s oeuvre characteristics: its paradigm of postmodernist fiction, its roots in Scottish literary and cultural tradition, its interest in history and, self-reflectingly, also in the story telling. The survey of the fifteen novels demanded from its author not only superior interpreting talent, but also outstanding erudition and remarkable industry.
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