Genetics and Poetics

Dirk Van Hulle

in Manuscript Genetics, Joyce's Know-How, Beckett's Nohow

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032009
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039657 | DOI:
Genetics and Poetics

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This chapter discusses and charts the ways in which authors have looked at their own writing throughout previous centuries. Genetic criticism is a confusing term, and it is often associated with biogenetics instead of literary studies. It is a relatively young discipline that was developed in France by scholars such as Jean-Louis Lebrave and Daniel Ferrer, but it still shares some form of metaphorical connection with biogenetics. The metaphor may be a useful instrument to the study of the way people conceive of their own activities, and the discussion in this chapter examines some of the metaphors that are used by authors such as Mary Shelley.

Keywords: writing; genetic criticism; literary studies; metaphor; biogenetics; authors; Mary Shelly

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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