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  • A new Interfictions Zero essay: “On Mosaic Novels” (comments welcome!)
    by mallen | May 13th, 2011 |

    Today we posted a second essay from Interfictions Zero, the rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts. Author J.M. McDermott in his essay “On Mosaic Novels” posits :

    I’m going to propose that there exists such a thing as a Mosaic Novel, as I will define it contrary and in addition to any definitions that may already exist from any number of critics. In this imaginary category, individual pieces of story, potentially disjointed from other pieces of story, are arranged into the shape of a narrative. This whole shape, comprised of and beyond the individual pieces, reveals more than the sum of the parts of each of its fictional segments or sections. In fact, placing the pieces into this shape invites interconnectivity that allows the imagination to fill in the blank spaces.

    Here’s a link to the Interfictions Zero project:

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    Want to respond to On Mosaic Novels ?

    Let us know what you think RIGHT HERE:

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    6 Responses to “A new Interfictions Zero essay: “On Mosaic Novels” (comments welcome!)”

    1. Sue Lange Says:

      Lots of thoughts here, but I’m confused by this one statement:

      “Mosaic texts, each and every one, from the classic sci-fi fix-up novel to the expansive, experimental work of Jeff VanderMeer and John Barth, could all arguably be considered the center of this new category.”

      Am I wrong in reading it this way:

      “Mosaic texts are the center of the Mosaic Novel category.”

      Is that actually saying anything?

    2. J M McDermott Says:

      The intended reading is that every individual mosaic text could be considered, alone and by itself, as the center, regardless of all the rest.

      Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

    3. Sue Lange Says:

      So basically there’s no one story that is the center of a mosaic novel?

    4. J M McDermott Says:

      Now you got it. In fact, there is no “center” of any genre, style, or form.

    5. Alison Says:

      Would you call World War Z a mosaic novel?

    6. J M McDermott Says:

      If I remember correctly, World War Z had a lot of different mini-narratives where different characters were giving eyewitness accounts of a large-scale zombie apocalypse. I think it qualifies, because the Setting, Theme, and Plot are the same, but the characters are fragmented. I don’t think it’s an ideal definition for WWZ, but it is one useful way of reading the text.

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