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Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Katy Masuga

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641185.001.0001
Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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Identifying six significant writers – Whitman, Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, Lewis Carroll, Proust and D. H. Lawrence – this book explores their influence on Henry Miller's work as well as Miller's retroactive impact on their writing. The author explores four forms of intertextuality in relation to each ‘ancestral’ author: direct allusions; unconscious style; reverse influence; and participation of the ancestral author as part of the story within the text. The study is informed by the theories of Bakhtin, Barthes and Kristeva on polyvocity and of Blanchot, Wittgenstein and Deleuze on language games and the indefatigability of writing. By presenting Miller in intertextual context, he emerges as a noteworthy modernist writer whose contributions to literature include the struggle to find a distinctive voice alongside a distinguished lineage of literary figures.

Keywords: Henry Miller; intertextuality; direct allusions; unconscious style; reverse influence; ancestral authors; language games; modernism

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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Introduction in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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Leaves of Letters – Walt Whitman in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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Through the Jabber – Lewis Carroll in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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The Drunken Inkwell – Arthur Rimbaud in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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In Search of Lost Allusion – Marcel Proust in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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Writers and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

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