By William Donoghue
In Mannerist Fiction, William Donoghue re-conceptualizes the historical past of formalism in western literature. instead of presuming that literary experimentation with shape -- distorting area and time -- all started within the 20th century with Modernism, Donoghue identifies the age of Copernicus because the crucible for the 1st experiments in spatial de-formation, which seemed in mannerist portray and literature. With wide-ranging erudition, Mannerist Fiction connects those literary and pictorial advancements and lines their repetition and evolution over the following years.Time and back, Donoghue explains, medical and literary paradigm shifts have happened in parallel. Rabelais and Jonson wrote within the aftermath of adjustments within the western experience of house wrought through Copernicus and the voyages of discovery, Jonathan speedy and the Marquis de Sade within the age of Newton, Thomas Pynchon within the age of Einstein. along with his research, Donoghue establishes disfigurement and deformation as perennial resources of literary fascination.