Abstract—Donald Barthelme’s The Glass Mountain is listed as one of the most representative Index Terms—Barthelme, The Glass Mountain, absurdity, reality . The Glass Mountain has 16 ratings and 4 reviews. Glenn said: The Glass Mountain – Donald Barthelme’s four-page postmodern sudden fiction written in one h. PDF | The paper focuses on the analysis of the intertexts to show the reality hidden inside Barthelme’s The glass mountain. Barthelme is a representative of.

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And someone had been apprehended cutting down trees, a row of donakd broken-backed among the VWs and Valiants. Many a gallant knight on horseback tried their luck and failed, the glass mountain was much too slippery. In the streets were people concealing their calm behind a facade of vague dread Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In several undergraduate students at the Conald of Houston saw the need for a journal that would be the counterpart to Gulf Coastthe journal edited by graduate creative writing students at UH. Gareth rated it liked it May 18, Huge emphasis on fragmentation in this Donald Barthelme tale. Therefore, the failure of today’s social system and the trash that the masses have produced were the anxieties and terrors which the artist wanted to escape from by climbing the glass mountain, leaving them behind.


The second obvious characteristic of literary postmodernism in “The Glass Mountain” was blurring genres.

Do today’s stronger egos still need symbols? Older people walked dogs. In later years they would have tremendous arguments about the kinds of literature in which Barthelme was interested and wrote. Sorobai marked it as to-read Jun 26, There are also glss of young people shooting up on drugs while older people walk their dogs.

The Glass Mountain

mokntain Our good reason was simple: Although he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. The youth held on bravely.

To climb the glass mountain, one first requires a good reason. The mountain towers over that part of Eighth Avenue like some splendid, immense office building. Log In Sign Up. The narrator talks about his motive for climbing the glass mountain in the first place – to disenchant a symbol.

Glass Mountain

Jun 19, Alisa Cupcakeland rated it liked it. Manchester University Press, Vanja added it Jan 21, I was new in the neighborhood. With a quest, a princess and an array of knights, Barthelme subverts that most traditional of genres, the fairy-tale; irony, absurdity, and playful self-reflexivity are the champions of this short story. According to McCaffery, “Barthelme’s own evident artistic anxieties are reflected within his stories some of whose main characters are artist figure.

The top of the mountain vanishes into the clouds, or on cloudless days, into the sun.

When the eagle attacked him and dug its talons into his skin, the schoolboy was carried up to the top. Saba marked it as to-read Jul 11, Barthelme’s main intention was to use the structure and form of “The Glass Mountain” goass subvert the society and “the foundation barthellme our accepted modes of thought and experience so as to reveal the meaninglessness of [human beings’s] existence” Abrams, See the adaption of literary modernism on page 79 and Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures. He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U. My acquaintances continued to comment. AJ rated it really liked it Nov 27, It keeps a lot of elements from the origianl fairy tale, but written in a completele different style than what we would consider a fairy tale.

Glass Mountain – Wikipedia

No trivia or quizzes yet. The creature in terror lifted him high up into the air and began to circle the castle.

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: Donald Barthelme: Glass Mountain

Scores of new voices needed expression and a place to be heard, both on the printed page and at our readings and gatherings. Alicia marked it as to-read Jul mountwin, Done with a power saw, beyond a doubt. A few questions thronged into my mind.

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