Come non si fa un romanzo
Note su metalessi, antiromanzo e metaromanzo, da Henry James all’ultimo Unamuno
Unamuno expressed a particular interest in the theory of the novel, but he did not allow himself to formalise his position. Anti- and meta-novel, Unamuno's How to Make a Novel (1927) avoids the common conventions of the novel. Likewise Henry James’s The Figure in the Carpet (1896) was a fiction about fiction and an allegory of the reading fiction. The symbolic death of the critic and the fear of death of the reader set a limit on the literary experience in either case.
Keywords: Henry James • Miguel de Unamuno • Metaliterature