Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai“, Cluj-Napoca
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3 / 2018
Paternal and Auctorial Figures in Andrei Codrescu’s Prose. „Mesi@” and „Wakefield”
This study advances three reading lines: a theoretical perspective, which circumscribes Andrei Codrescu’s prose within the American gothic tradition, mainly the Southern American gothic one, imprinted as it is by the literary legacy of writers such as Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennesee Williams. Secondly, our article focuses on narrative studies applied to the representation of trauma in literature, a defining trait of the gothic tradition, and highlights ways in which the latter gives voice to the experience of victims, the marginalized, the oppressed, by resorting to fictional mechanisms which mimick in the literary realm the same trauma mechanisms which operate in the inter and intra-psychic realms. Finally, the third exploration line of Andrei Codrescu’s prose probes the language, via the theories and hypothesis regarding the apparition, functioning, and evolutionary pathways of our body of language.
Keywords: paternal and auctorial figures, Andrei Codrescu, Southern Gothic literature, God and Devil, Mesi@ and Wakefield