THE BALLOON Source for information on The Balloon by Donald Barthelme, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. Complete summary of Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Balloon. Dive deep into Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.

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Jun 03, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. I found this adorable, although I do get frustrated when people have conceptions of art that are different to mine, and this is one of those times.

On close reading and rereading which most of Barthelme’s fictions demandit becomes clear that from the beginning the balloon—like one’s story, or one’s words, or one’s comprehension of life—has been controlled by the speaker.

Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also blaloon fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi. Fictional bartuelme in the short story does not allow the reader to maintain the comfortable assumption that what is depicted is real; instead, the reader is made uncomfortably aware that the only reality is the process of depiction itself–the language act of the fiction-making process.

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The participant—the reader, like the lover-narrator—becomes the ultimate artist or creator, and depending upon his or her system, grid, or frame of reference, constructs, or manipulates, or rejects, or simply plays with whatever responses the balloon elicits.

Rather, he wishes to present modern men and women as the products of the media and the bsrthelme that surround them.

Reading the Short Story: Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon”– Short Story Month —Day 24

Elisa rated it donal was ok Dec 04, But Barthelme has done this without any fixed, definable material behind his structure. Hence one must know — this is a fundamental presupposition, presupposing what is fundamental — how to determine the intrinsic — what is framed — and know what one is excluding as frame and outside-the-frame.


Reading Alice Munro’s “What is Remembered”. View all 6 comments. Indu Muralidharan rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Temporal Form in the Short Story 1 St.

New Yorker, June 27, To paraphrase Barthelme, it offers the possibility and the process of interpretation, where at “any intersection” one can react in any number of ways.

I like the Balloon, I hate the balloon, this Balloon is illegal and cannot be here? One critical implication of this theory is that literary fictions constitute a highly concentrated and accessible analogue of the means by which people create that diffuse and invisible reality that they take for granted as the everyday.

Henry Award Stories 2 O. When these intellectual discussions prove unsatisfying some decide to physically enjoy the balloon, and they jump, stroll, race, and bounce on it. Modern Language Association http: Henry Award Balloin 2 1 O. It lacks an absolute and fixed meaning as it simultaneously elicits a variety of responses and significations. Is it all What is the Balloon, why is it here?

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The underlying assumption is that the forms of art are explainable by the laws of art; literary language is not a proxy for something else, but rather an object of study itself. Critics complained that Barthelme’s work was without subject matter, without character, without plot, and without concern for the reader’s understanding.


The point of collage, he notes, is that “unlike things are stuck together to make, in the best case, a new reality. Refresh and try again. Simon Kempe rated it really liked it Apr 23, For seven or so pages the donlad describes the balloon and the numerous reactions to it.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Mike rated it really liked it Jun 21, Because they are satires, many of the stories are based not on the lives of individuals but on the means by which that abstraction called society or the public is manipulated.

It is the extreme means by which Barthelme attempts to reach this truth that makes his fiction so difficult. Most critics, however, seem to agree that if “modernism” in the early part of the century manifested a reaction against nineteenth century bourgeois realism i n which writers such as James Joyce and T.

Henry Prize stories part 1 1 O. Abigail Perschall rated it it was amazing Nov 08, Some people find it fascinating and argue about its meaning. Best American Short Stories Marion and Donald remained wed until his death from throat cancer. Jul 17, Tash rated it it was amazing.

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