Martin Amis's The Pregnant Widow as a postmodern confessional novel

Title: Martin Amis's The Pregnant Widow as a postmodern confessional novel
Source document: Brno studies in English. 2018, vol. 44, iss. 2, pp. [77]-89
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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In this article I read Martin Amis's The Pregnant Widow as a confessional novel in relation to the profound postmodern skepticism about the language of truthfulness and format constrains of consummated confession. In addition to the contemporary discourse about confessional writing, I apply Jacques Derrida's idea of restructuring of personal memory traces and Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of confession with a loophole. I argue that in his autobiographical and self-reflexive novel Amis addresses his fictional doubles in wish to make sense of his personal traumatic experience and doubts multiple narrative and analytical frames directed towards closure and consummation of the Self.
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