The Mirror in the Text
In this classic study, Lucien Dällenbach provides the first systematic analysis of this device and its literary and artistic applications from Van Eyck and Velasquez to Gide, Beckett and the French nouveau roman.
Alongside this wealth of examples, Dällenbach constructs his theoretical argument with elegance and clarity, assuming no previous knowledge of arcane and specialized theory, but guiding the reader helpfully through the maze of literary criticism. The result is a new conceptual field, a new grammar of the mise en abyme, and an examination of its function within the work of art and literature.
The highly original study has been acclaimed as one of the most important works of contemporary literary theory. It will be of interest to all students of English and European literature, as well as to students of the visual arts.
Part I - Variations on a Concept
1. André Gide's shields
2. A critical heritage
3. Triple meaning
Part II - Towards a Typology of the Mirror in the Text
4. Mise en abyme and reflexivity
5. Fiction and its doubles
6. Narration revealed
7. The spectacle of the text and the code
8. The emergence of types
Part III - Diachronic Perspectives
9. The mise en abyme and the nouveau roman
10. The mise en abyme and the new nouveau roman
A. The three lessons of the mirror
B. The novel as 'poetry of poetry'
C. Mallarmé's 'Sonnet en X'
D. Metaphors of origin
E. Reflexivity according to Roussel