Évf. 58 szám 3–4 (2019): Műelemzések
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Egy novella komplex megközelítése: szoros olvasás és kontextusteremtő értelmezés: (William H. Gass: Rovarok rendje)

Gábor Tamás Molnár
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
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Molnár, G. T. (2019). Egy novella komplex megközelítése: szoros olvasás és kontextusteremtő értelmezés: (William H. Gass: Rovarok rendje). Studia Litteraria, 58(3–4), 217–230. Elérés forrás https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/studia/article/view/7470

This article offers an interpretation of the short story “Order of Insects” by the American writer William H. Gass. The interpretation is intended as a methodological demonstration of short story analysis, as it shows a way to develop a close textual analysis from a few guiding questions. The opening question is simultaneously generic and thematic, as readers are encouraged to trace the mental transformation of the narrator-protagonist throughout the text. The central ontological theme of the story is identified in the contrast between a mechanical, insect-like existence and an artistic, intellectually inclined mentality. Images and motifs deepening and complicating this dichotomy are explicated. These include the significance of different sensual impressions (hearing/noises vs. sight/vision) and various implications of the term order. In the conclusion, possible critical-theoretical contexts for interpretation are outlined: a potential feminist and a potential posthumanist reading are contrasted to an interpretation grounded in the author’s own view of literature as “ontologically transformed” language.