A Note on a Title: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Abstract

This brief paper provides an analysis of the title of Dave Eggers' 2000 memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Drawing on Gérard Genette’s distinction between rhematic (formal) and thematic titles, the paper argues that the title of Eggers’ memoir is better seen as an aesthetic evaluation of Eggers’ book. From this observation, the paper offers a discussion of how the memoir’s title invites the reader to apply a reading protocol that does not dismiss the book’s emotional aspects as mere bathos.
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This brief paper provides an analysis of the title of Dave Eggers' 2000 memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Drawing on Gérard Genette’s distinction between rhematic (formal) and thematic titles, the paper argues that the title of Eggers’ memoir is better seen as an aesthetic evaluation of Eggers’ book. From this observation, the paper offers a discussion of how the memoir’s title invites the reader to apply a reading protocol that does not dismiss the book’s emotional aspects as mere bathos.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftThe Explicator
Volume/Bind72
Tidsskriftsnummer2
Sider (fra-til)146-150
Antal sider5
ISSN0014-4940
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 22 maj 2014
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
Eksternt udgivetJa

    Forskningsområder

  • Dave Eggers, paratexts, memoir, sincerity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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