Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of FascismFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889223868 | paperback / softback

$19.95 | 256 pages | Pub. Date: 1998
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 1 D inches
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ISBN 13: 9780889223868 | Rights: WORLD

Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism
Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance
By Anne Geddes Bailey

Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels, throughout which writing and reading literature are portrayed as dangerous and political acts.

Findley’s novels often expose the ideological underpinnings of the cultures in which they exist, compelling their readers to become politically active social critics. However, reading and writing can be dangerous acts not only because of their revolutionary potential; they can also be dangerous because of their conservatism. The conservative and often dangerous need for narrative unity and closure is nowhere more evident than in Findley’s continued intertextual returns to the historical period of Modernism and Fascism. By re-presenting these historical moments and texts, Findley’s novels simultaneously arouse and critique both the artist’s and the reader’s desire for aesthetic resolution and completion when confronted with various kinds of narrative ruptures.

Although Findley clearly admires the modernist texts that appear in his own fiction, his novels also reveal how the modernist search for metaphoric unity and meaning in the face of real social and political fragmentation often reflects, and often enacts, an aesthetic akin to that of fascism. The disturbing and seductive power of this fascist aesthetic haunts Findley’s novels, and even in those not focused on that historical period, justifies and energizes various social and literary structures of power which seek to impose metaphoric meanings upon disjunctive realities.

By Anne Geddes Bailey

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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