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Notation After “The Reality Effect”: Remaking Reference with Roland Barthes and Sheila Heti
Representations (2014)
  • Rachel S Buurma, Swarthmore College
  • Laura Heffernan, University of North Florida
Abstract
In “The Reality Effect,” Roland Barthes reveals notation’s ideological function within the realist novel; a decade later in Preparation of the Novel, Barthes reconsiders notation as the practice by which the writer provisionally makes literary meaning. Barthes’s revision of his claims for the reality effect helps us see how an emerging genre—the novel of commission—pulls referential, preparatory materials into the novel in order to reimagine the sociality and institutionality of the writing process.
Keywords
  • reality effect
Publication Date
Winter 2014
Publisher Statement
Published as "Notation After the “Reality Effect”: Remaking Reference with Roland Barthes and Sheila Heti," by Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan. Representations Vol. 125, No. 1 (Winter 2014), pp. 80-102 © 2014 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org/r/ucal) or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com.
Citation Information
Rachel S Buurma and Laura Heffernan. "Notation After “The Reality Effect”: Remaking Reference with Roland Barthes and Sheila Heti" Representations Vol. 125 Iss. 1 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rachel_sagner_buurma/1/