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John Hartigan, Director SAC 4.102, 2201 Speedway Stop C3900, Austin TX 78712 • 512-471-4206

Thematic Metafiction and the Narrative Voice

Wed, March 11, 2009 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • EPS 1.128

Ara 13's first novel, Drawers & Booths, is experimental science fiction that mixes up satire and evolutionary theory in a layered, metafictional journey. He will be discussing the author/reader relationship as revealed through narrative choices.

Ara 13's first novel, Drawers & Booths, is experimental science fiction that mixes up satire and evolutionary theory in a layered, metafictional journey. He will be discussing the author/reader relationship as revealed through narrative choices. Ara 13 moved to Galveston, Texas, in 2006, where he wrote Drawers & Booths. While a Marine Corps corporal acts as a liaison between an island nation and the U.S. Army, his story is hijacked by a displaced narrator seeking a suspected criminal. The disruption causes the characters to become aware of their role in a novel, even rebelling against the author's intent. The story blurs the boundary between reader and author, and explores the possibilities of narrative voice -- a novel in which the characters become aware of their own role within a book.

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