A HERMENEUTICAL READING OF DAVID LODGE’S “THINKS…”

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24193/subbphilo.2017.2.15

Published Online: 2017-06-15
Published Print: 2017-06-30

 ABSTRACT. A Hermeneutical Reading of a Postmodern British Novel. Time and Narrative in David Lodge’s “Thinks…”. The present paper investigates two aspects of a postmodern British novel. From a narratological perspective, we will examine the ways in which time – as a theme, on the one hand, and as a fictional issue, on the other – is constructed in David Lodge’s “Thinks…”. Leaving behind post-structuralist instruments of analysis (deconstructive reading practices), the article will argue in favor of a more nuanced approach by showing the advantages of utilizing hermeneutical and phenomenological instruments in exploring postmodern techniques of emplotment.

Keywords: hermeneutics, time, narratology, postmodernism, reading, phenomenology.

 REZUMAT. O lectură hermeneutică a unui roman britanic postmodern. Timp și narațiune în romanul “Thinks…”  semnat de David Lodge. Lucrarea de față investighează două aspecte ale unui roman britanic postmodern. Adoptând o perspectivă naratologică, vom examina modurile în care timpul – atât ca temă, dar romanul și ca problematică literară – e construit în romanul “Thinks…” semnat de David Lodge. Lăsând la o parte instrumentele post-structuraliste (și, în special, lectura deconstrucționistă), articolul demonstrează avantajele utilizării unor instrumente hermeneutice și/sau fenomenologice în vederea explorării tehnicilor de compoziție postmoderniste.

Cuvinte cheie: hermeneutică, timp, naratologie, postmodernism, lectură, fenomenologie.

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Studia Philologia UBB 2/2017

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