Anthony Warde traces Daniel Punday’s analysis of the intertwining strands of contemporary “fictionality,” the different modes - from “myth” to “assemblage” - by which invented stories are legitimated. Punday’s work implies that the active construction of ‘life-fictions’ is becoming more significant in contemporary technoculture, a view that runs counter to the more pessimistic view of agency in Baudrillard’s Simulacrum America and other accounts of a wholly ‘virtual’ reality.
Author: Anthony Warde
Anthony Warde recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield and is Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Critical Theory at Sheffield Hallam University. He is currently preparing his monograph on narrative themes and stylistic techniques in the late fiction of Cormac McCarthy for publication.