Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Look at the Eye and See Your Destruction and Other Stories
by Baumann, Joseph A., Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 278; 3622920
Abstract (Summary)

Look at the Eye and See Your Destruction and Other Stories is comprised of a collection of nineteen pieces of short fiction and a critical essay. The essay, titled "The Destruction of Reality and the Reality of Destruction: Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, and Alternative Worlds," posits two possible interpretations of Rushdie's novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet when read through the lens of Borges' short stories "The Garden of Forking Paths" and "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." The essay argues that Rushdie's novel can be read—concurrently—as both a concrete expression of the philosophy of infinite possibilities and pathways as professed in "The Garden of Forking Paths" or as a story told by a highly unreliable narrator who has been influenced in the same way as the characters of "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," and that the nature of the novel itself allows for both of these readings to coexist. The short stories within the fiction collection are original works that range in content, length, and style, connected through the prevailing theme of personal destruction through isolation, loneliness, and an inability to connect and communicate with others.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Daniel T.
Commitee: Andriano, Joseph, McNally, John, Reed, Marthe
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: Collection, Fiction, Magic realism, Original writing, Realism, Short story
Publication Number: 3622920
ISBN: 978-1-303-95067-4
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