"An Acquired Taste": The Internal and External Posture of Nicola Barker, Metamodernist Author
This thesis looks at how Nicola Barker's internal and external posture are construed on the basis of her last three books, The Cauliflower® (2016), H(A)PPY (2017), and I Am Sovereign (2019), how different institutions react to these books and whether that posture can be considered metamodernist. The theoretical framework and methodology builds on Meizoz's notion of posture, the singular way of occupying a position within the literary field, as defined by Bourdieu. As for metamodernism, multiple important sources are examined, starting with Vermeulen and Van den Akker. The research concludes that Nicola Barker can indeed be considered a metamodernist author and her posture seems to construed as that of a working-class author with a nonconformist and anti-establishment attitude, as well as an unconventional and transgressively intermedial approach that, despite her abundantly employed irony, always seems to contain a moral core.
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