BARTH, John (Simmons)


BARTH, John (Simmons)
(1930-)
   US novelist. One of the leading fabulists (FABULATION) of his generation of writers, he is probably best known for his epic mock-picaresque The Sot-Weed Factor (1960; rev 1967). Giles Goat-Boy, or The Revised New Syllabus (1966), which derives its language in part from Vladimir NABOKOV and its central metaphor of the university as the world in part from Jorge Luis BORGES, can, by taking the metaphor literally, be read as sf. The hero is rendered literally as goat-horned. The novel itself is a complex SATIRE on education, human nature and knowledge, and also a remarkable Bildungsroman. Some of JB's later short fiction, as assembled in Lost in the Funhouse: Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice (coll 1968; exp 1969), contains some intensely academic FANTASY, and Chimera (coll of linked stories 1972) hovers at the edge of the fantastic in its literalization in narrative form of the powers of mythopoeisis.Other works: Letters (1979); The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991).
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  • Barth, John — orig. John Simmons Barth, Jr. born May 27, 1930, Cambridge, Md., U.S. U.S. writer. Barth grew up on Maryland s eastern shore, the locale of much of his writing, and from 1953 he taught principally at Johns Hopkins University. Apart from the… …   Universalium

  • John Simmons Barth — noun United States novelist (born in 1930) • Syn: ↑Barth, ↑John Barth • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barth, John — orig. John Simmons Barth, Jr. (27 may. 1930, Cambridge, Md., EE.UU.). Escritor estadounidense. Creció en la costa este de Maryland, escenario de gran parte de su obra, y desde 1953 ha enseñado principalmente en la Universidad de Johns Hopkins.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Barth — noun 1. Swiss Protestant theologian (1886 1968) • Syn: ↑Karl Barth • Instance Hypernyms: ↑theologian, ↑theologist, ↑theologizer, ↑theologiser 2. United States novelist (born in 1930) …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Barth — noun United States novelist (born in 1930) • Syn: ↑Barth, ↑John Simmons Barth • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Barth — John Simmons Barth (Cambridge, Maryland, 27 de mayo de 1930) es un escritor estadounidense, autor de relatos breves y novelas y conocido por su trabajo de corte posmodernista y metaficcional. Contenido 1 Datos biográficos 1.1 Estudios …   Wikipedia Español

  • John Barth — John Simmons Barth, né le 27 mai 1930, est un romancier et nouvelliste américain connu pour les caractéristiques postmodernes et métafictionnelles de ses œuvres[1]. Son travail fictionnel est parfois rapproché des univers de Vladimir… …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • John Barth — Infobox Writer name = John Barth imagesize = caption = birthdate = Birth date and age|mf=yes|1930|5|27 birthplace = Cambridge, Maryland deathdate = deathplace = occupation = Novelist, professor nationality = American period = 1957 genre = subject …   Wikipedia


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