En garde. Poëtica’s voor een nieuwe roman

Bart Vervaeck


This article presents four types of poetics that may be used as a model to chart twentieth-century and more specifically postwar theories of the innovative novel: avant-garde, neo-avant-garde (so-called ‘Other Prose’), trans-avant-garde (postmodernism) and arrière-garde (return to reality). The four types are characterized in terms of three dimensions: their views on history, on narrative form, and finally their self-proclaimed relation with the tradition of fiction and with other arts. The pragmatic and somewhat simplified description of the four types does not mean that there are no mixed types and no changes within one type. Furthermore, it needs to be refined in case studies to come.

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