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In the novel, Kavalier and Clay become major figures in the comics industry from its nascency into its Golden Age.
Abstract Can literature represent reality? And, if so, is the novel the best genre to do so? Although these questions are not new in the field of literary studies, a number of postmodern authors and subsequently literary researchers have drawn attention to the mimetic potential of literature on the one hand and the problematic relation between fiction and reality on the other. Drawing on Linda Hutcheons terminology, Chabons magnum opus can be described as an example of historiographic metafiction.
And it is precisely this otherness Foucault , this contrastive position in relation to the dominant point of view, that defines this new perspective.
Especially the combination of mythification and demythification causes ontological doubt as the world as we know it is negated. Introduction Can literature represent reality? In what follows I will try to explain in what way Chabons novel is a critique of the novel as a historical genre. It combines the epistemological crisis, characteristic of modernism, with the ontological crisis, typical of postmodernism, to create a postmodern version of the historical novel.
Traces of this postmodern historical novel can be found throughout twentieth century world literature. Representatives of this strand of historical fiction are usually not regarded as a group, nor are they labelled as postmodern historical novels, but I believe they make up a strong undercurrent in contemporary literature.
Context Before I tackle Michael Chabons magnum opus, let me frame the literary context very briefly. From the s onwards postmodernism got some traction in literature and the arts. One of the topics that dominated a lot of discussion back then and today still was the notion of the narrativity of history. Historiography is said to be based on facts, whereas fiction is based on a willing suspension of disbelief. Both, however, are narrative acts and language as it turns out may not be a perfect vehicle for facts.
Even stringing together three simple facts creates causal implicature, which may or may not be intentional, as is exemplified by the following line taken from Rimmon-Kenan: John Milton wrote Paradise Lost, then his wife died, and then he wrote Paradise Regained.
Rimmon-Kenan, , p. From a pragmatic perspective, however, this sentence is much richer. Borrowing J. Austin and J. Searles terminology, this utterance can be described in terms of a speech act that consists not only of a locutionary, but also of an illocutionary and perlocutionary level. In other words, this utterance is not a random combination of linguistic elements; they have been combined and arranged with a specific purpose and effect in mind.
Although in the example of Rimmon-Kenan, the implicature may be unintentional on the part of the speaker, it does clearly show the restricted mimetic potential of language for art. Human beings are narrative creatures and we read and write narratives into language. But if the relation between language and reality is problematic, then how can narratives, historiographic texts, or any other elaborate speech act, hope to portray reality?
This question struck especially hard in historical circles, as the historians goal is and has been for centuries objectivity, to offer an impartial account of past events. A major contribution to this discussion arrived in the form of Hayden Whites.
Metahistory Metahistory is a study of historiographic texts from various historical periods that came to the conclusion that none of these texts succeeds in being truly objective. A historian strings facts together, creating a chronicle, which he then spins into a narrative, much as in Rimmon-Kenans example. In doing so a historian has to rely on narrative tools, and all the limitations they come with. They have to be studied not as exact mirrors of the past, but as literary, poetical texts.
Even though they do not offer a true account of what happened, they are still rich sources of information. It is not the subject that has to change, it is the historian that has to adapt his approach. Whites theory caused the inevitable merger of the domains of history and literature. In the literary sphere Linda Hutcheon launched the what I believe to be useful concept of historiographic metafiction Hutcheon, The term applies to every text that aims to expose the totalising process that is present in any and every representation of the past.
If a text dealing with the past shows self-awareness towards its own nature, then it is a piece of historiographic metafiction. The considerably vague definition is both the terms strength and weakness. The novel supports an extremely varied cast of characters, similar to Doctorows Ragtime, including mythical, historical and fictional characters.
Joe Kavalier is a Jewish boy who lives in Prague during WWII, where he is trained both as an escape artist by an Ausbrecher, Kornblum, a Houdini-like figure, and as an artist, specialised in drawing.
When WWII breaks out he has to flee Europe in a box together with the Golem of Prague, a Frankenstein-like automaton, made out of clay, that is brought to life by a Rabbi. As the Jewish population of Prague do not want their Golem to fall into the hands of the Nazis, they hire Joes mentor to smuggle it out of the city.
Kornblum includes his student in his scheme and so Joe and the Golem leave Prague. Joe is welcomed in America by his cousin Sammy Clayman and the pair of them create a comic book hero, called the Escapist, loosely based on Joes experiences. Various strategies are deployed to create epistemological doubt in the reader.
As a reader you no longer know what is true and what is not, what is historically accurate and what is not, which is precisely what historiographic metafiction sets out to do, to test the limits of what a text about the past can tell.
Chabon relies on facts, but he dresses them up as it were. For example, when Joe has arrived in America he moves heaven and earth to find a way for his brother to join him. After a while Joe finds an available place for his brother on an ocean liner. Unfortunately, however, this boat is sunk by a German torpedo. There is a factual basis to this story, the events really took place as there is a newspaper article that tells of a boat carrying European refugee children that was sunk by a German torpedo, but the background story of one of the passengers is obviously a dark area.
So, by filling. A narrative web is spun out of a factual foundation, but by adding filled out dark areas its carrying capacity is tested. The second technique is the manipulation of paratextual elements. At times footnotes are used to offer additional factual information, which creates the illusion that what you are reading is a true account. A highly unlikely anecdote about Dali, can be accompanied by a footnote offering ad.
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Abstract Can literature represent reality? And, if so, is the novel the best genre to do so? Although these questions are not new in the field of literary studies, a number of postmodern authors and subsequently literary researchers have drawn attention to the mimetic potential of literature on the one hand and the problematic relation between fiction and reality on the other. Drawing on Linda Hutcheons terminology, Chabons magnum opus can be described as an example of historiographic metafiction. And it is precisely this otherness Foucault , this contrastive position in relation to the dominant point of view, that defines this new perspective. Especially the combination of mythification and demythification causes ontological doubt as the world as we know it is negated. Introduction Can literature represent reality?
Critics unanimously praised the work: The New York Times found the novel to be a "towering achievement," while the Denver Post described the author as a "literary Houdini. In the process, Chabon's plot plays out against the background of America's pre-war isolationist policy that advocated an escape from moral responsibility. The novel in fact employs the metaphor of escape as a governing principle. Kavalier studies with an escape artist before escaping his natal city and the Shoah ; Sammy overcomes or escapes the limitations of his physical handicap; the Holocaust is dealt with only obliquely. The former story deals with America and the history of the comic book industry and its oppression of creative artists between and The latter story treats response to the Holocaust in a distinctive yet problematic manner.
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF. KAVALIER & CLAY. Michael Chabon. We have this history of impossible solutions for insoluble problems. – Will Eisner, in.
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Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America - the comic book. Drawing on their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. With exhilarating style and grace, Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility.
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