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Hapless Theseus Hunting a Listless Minotaur"

Title: "A Hapless Theseus Hunting a Listless Minotaur": Epistemological Uncertainty in Lawrence Norfolk's Lemprière's Dictionary.
Name(s): Vredenburg, Mary Lou, author
Tatum, W. Jeffrey, professor directing dissertation
Boehrer, Bruce, outside committee member
Cloonan, William, committee member
Fulkerson, Laurel, committee member
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Lawrence Norfolk's novel, Lemprière's Dictionary, embodies many of elements of postmodernist fiction outlined by Linda Hutcheon and Brian McHale. The novel fits many of the criteria of historiographic metafiction, incorporates multiple possible worlds by which postmodernist fiction foregrounds ontological concerns, and emphasizes fictionality by drawing attention to the process of installing order. The novel highlights competing epistemological orientations through repeated narrative and structural references to shapes and patterns. The interpretability of texts and the multiple and competing realities prevent the establishment of a single, coherent epistemological system. The characters strive to make sense of the patterns that they perceive, trying to establish a system that will make the world comprehensible. Although each character attempts to work within a coherent epistemological system, the multiple yet coexisting worlds of the novel, each participating in a competing epistemological system, frustrate that effort, and interpretability descends into epistemological instability.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4552 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in the Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: August 16, 2004.
Keywords: Postmodernist Fiction, 20th Century British Fiction, Lawrence Norfolk, Classical themes in Modern Literature
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: W. Jeffrey Tatum, Professor Directing Dissertation; Bruce Boehrer, Outside Committee Member; William Cloonan, Committee Member; Laurel Fulkerson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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Owner Institution: FSU

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