Tag Archives: self-referential writing

On vanity

My sister-in-law was visiting with her kids (three girls) this week and the whole brood plus my wife and daughter took a trip to Tokyo Disneyland on Sunday. I was mercifully spared that and spent the day instead at the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park. The permanent gallery – which is what […]

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Self-referential Literature: poetry and prose (part 2)

The greatest and grandest work of self-referential literature is probably Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. A heavyweight weighing in at just over 3,000 pages, this roman-fleuve concerns a protagonist whose struggle centers around his effort to become a novelist. A Proust scholar had this to say about it: “Will the protagonist of the […]

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Self-referential literature: poetry and prose (part 1)

As I cracked open my mammoth Riverside Shakespeare, something I haven’t done for many months and years, to find a passage that contains a subtle example of a kind of literature I want to write about, I lost faith in my ability to find the intended passage quickly and decided to google it. Coincidentally, the […]

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