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Lost in Fiction Module Reading List

Lost in Fiction: The Metafictional Novel from 'Don Quixote' to 'House of Leaves', 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Jane Rickard
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605, 1615) (Penguin Classics, 2003)

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy (1759-67) (Penguin Classics, 1997)

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1857) (Oxford World Classics, 2004)

Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (1962)  (Penguin, 2000)

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000) (Doubleday, 2000)

Please ensure that you buy the recommended editions, particularly of the two works that we are reading in translation (Don Quixote and Madame Bovary).

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Please note that this list is by no means definitive – it is intended only as a starting point. Many items, including the various Cambridge Companions and journal articles, are available online through the library. You should also be using library databases such as Jstor and Project Muse to find relevant, recent (i.e. post-2000) articles for yourself.

Belletto, Steven, 'Rescuing Interpretation with Mark Danielewski: The Genre of Scholarship in House of Leaves ', Le genre humain., 42 (2009), 99-117

Bethea, David M. (ed.), Vladimir Nabokov in context ISBN: 9781107108646; 1107108640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 

Bray, Joe, and Alison Gibbons (eds), Mark Z. Danielewski (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)

Butler, Christopher, Postmodernism : a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Cascardi, Anthony J. (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Cervantes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

------ Cervantes, literature, and the discourse of politics (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Connolly, Julian W. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov [electronic resource] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Connor, Steven, Postmodernist culture: an introduction to theories of the contemporary (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)

Culler, Jonathan, ‘The Realism of Madame Bovary’, MLN, 122 (2007), 683-696

Currie, Mark (ed.), Metafiction (London: Longman, 1995)

Docherty, Thomas (ed.), Postmodernism : a reader (New York and London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993)

Echevarría, Roberto González (ed.) Cervantes' Don Quixote : a casebook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Fox, Soledad, ‘Flaubert and Don Quixote ’, New England review, 27 (2006), 166-74

------- Flaubert and Don Quijote : the influence of Cervantes on Madame Bovary (Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2010)

Gibbons, Alison, Multimodality, cognition, and experimental literature (London: Routledge, 2012) 

Gibson, Andrew, Towards a postmodern theory of narrative (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996)

Gilman, Stephen, The novel according to Cervantes (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)

Greaney, Michael, Contemporary fiction and the uses of theory : the novel from structuralism to postmodernism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Hale, Dorothy J. (ed.), The novel : an anthology of criticism and theory, 1900-2000 (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006)

Hamilton, Natalie, ‘The A-Mazing House: The Labyrinth as Theme and Form in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves’, Critique, 50 (2008), 3-15

Hutcheon, Linda, A poetics of postmodernism : history, theory, fiction (New York; London: Routledge, 1988)

Karshan, Thomas, Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play [electronic resource] (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Keymer, Thomas (ed.), Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy : a casebook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

-------- The Cambridge companion to Laurence Sterne (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

--------‘Sterne and Romantic Autobiography’ in Thomas Keymer and Jon Mee (eds), The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1740-1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Lord, Nick, ‘The Labyrinth and the Lacuna: Metafiction, the Symbolic, and the Real in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves’, Critique, 55 (2014), 465-476

Lucy, Niall, Postmodern literary theory : an introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)

McCaffery, Larry, 'Haunted House - An Interview with Mark Z. Danielewski', Critique 44 ( 2003), 99-135

McKeon, Michael, The origins of the English novel 1600-1740 (Baltimore; London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988)

Nabokov, Vladimir, Lectures on Don Quixote, ed. Fredson Bowers (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1983)

Quint, David, Cervantes's novel of modern times : a new reading of Don Quijote (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003)

Readings, Bill and Bennet Schaber (eds), Postmodernism across the ages : essays for a postmodernity that wasn't born yesterday (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1993)

Spacks, Patricia Meyer, Novel beginnings : experiments in eighteenth-century English fiction (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006)

Unwin, Timothy (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Flaubert (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Waugh, Patricia (ed.), Postmodernism : a reader (London: Edward Arnold, 1992)

-------- Metafiction : the theory and practice of self-conscious fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1988)

This list was last updated on 12/08/2021