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《Foreign Language and Literature》 2011-01
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The Microscopic Narrative in Susan Sontag's Death Kit

LIU Guo-zhi  
Susan Sontag creates a microscopic narrative in Death Kit so as to correspond with the hero's profession and personality.Firstly,in text format,the frequent use of parentheses,of modifiers starting with capital letters,of incomplete or fragmentary sentences,as well as the numerous indentations,are the microscopic narrative markers,which successfully produce an effect similar to that of microscopic operation and observation.Secondly,"the microscope" and "blindness" are not only the recurrent and typical metaphors in the novel,but also one of the writer's means of continuous lensing treatment,thus intensifying the hero's feelings of unhappiness and darkness.Thirdly,the seemingly disorderly plot embodies intricate links that reveal the overlapping and repetition of incidents,places and characters,so that the story is in fact a microscopic examination of the hero's life and death.In light of all this,it can be concluded that the hero's life stage as presented in the novel is just a prolonged or amplified journey into fantasyland as he lay dying.
【CateGory Index】: I712.074
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