Shifting Attitudes Toward the Verisimilitude of Narrative in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature

  • Nicholas Frangipane


This chapter reviews the notion of “truth” in the context of narratives in modernism, postmodernism and contemporary literature, building to an argument that contemporary writers have reconceived truth in a non-literal way. Works by Virginia Woolf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Sheila Heti and Laurent Binet, among others, are discussed in depth.


Narrative Truth Woolf Sartre Nabokov Pynchon Heti Binet 

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  • Nicholas Frangipane
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  1. 1.Suffolk UniversityBostonUSA

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