THE INDIAN UPRISING Source for information on The Indian Uprising by Donald Barthelme, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. By: William T. Hathaway “The Indian Uprising” by Donald Barthelme is an iconic short story of the s heralding the defeat of the US empire. The Indian Uprising has 9 ratings and 1 review. Glenn said: The Indian Uprising is among the most popular of Donald Barthelme’s stories, one I.

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“The Indian Uprising” by Donald Barthelme

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Want to Read Currently Reading Read. America, land of the racist Bob tells us: While most people try to extract patterns of meaning from their experience, to figure out what life is all about, postmodern writers claim that is merely an attempt to read significance into a meaningless chaos. When barricades need to be erected in these streets as they always are in any urban warfare narrativethey are made not of the usual paving stones and commandeered vehicles but “of window dummies, silk, thoughtfully planned job descriptions including scales for the orderly progress of other colorswine in demijohns, and robes.

Jun 06, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Which is it really — a table or a door? The story also appears in the author’s Sixty Stories. Its writers tend to resist the impulse to define it, because definition serves the thought system they are challenging.

He felt the USA and the anti-communists of South Vietnam were losing the war and deserved to lose it. Follow on Twitter My Tweets. Notify me of new bartheome via email. The first several paragraphs set thf an opposition iindian follows throughout the story. By placing them together in the manner of pasting the image of a cartoon character on a dollar bill where George Washington should be, Barthelme creates a new entity in which both compositional elements retain their identity; indeed, it is the commentary these elements make about each other that forms the created work of art.


Although the narrator attempts to withdraw into his personal life of art and romance, he is finally captured. Want to Read saving….

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He suffers from what a psychologist would call lack of affect: The Indian Uprising from Gale. He is unhappy but is not sure why. But does language idnian do that? His link between cause and effect is shattered. To the cruelties in society the narrator can react only abstractly.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Between accounts of the fighting and of the torture of a captured Comanche are the narrator’s disjointed observations, dobald with Sylvia his most recent lover, apparentlyyearning for an unidentified “you,” and encounters with a plain, rather stern schoolteacher, Miss R.

What the hell were you thinking, John?! So the story communicates more through our subjective, connotative reactions than through objective, denotative meanings. They also emphasize the importance of random differences over apparent unity, of flux and entropy over stability and continuity.

Some critics have noted that the story, written in the s, reflects the televised terrors uprisimg the Vietnam War and its protesters, as well as the historical violence of the American West.

One criteria of good art is its ability to last beyond its time. Things bxrthelme being beaten up by a dwarf in a bar on Tenerife.

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There are echoes here of early childhood, the infantile stage before object constancy is developed. The poet William Carlos Williams had an artistic bartbelme that is appropriate here. The soldiers halfheartedly fighting for the city are drawn from the immigrant working class: Barthelme, like most postmoderns, was a skeptic and agnostic. They are pleas for a more humane, less superficial way of life.

The Indian Uprising

John Gardner wrote narthelme Barthelme lacked a moral sense. When it is gone, he will have nowhere to hide, and this fills him with anxiety.

In a literary age that had begun to question indiam all available themes and techniques had been exhausted, Donald Barthelme here shows how fictive creation manages to come up with something entertainingly and instructively new. As he does with women, the narrator wants to cling to these beautiful objects rather than to confront the battle raging outside.

While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools. Throughout “The Indian Uprising” Barthelme continues collaging in elements in a predictable but satisfying way. And that is always in flux. With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the end of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate.

Her methods are bizarreshe alternately insults and cajoles the narrator, calling him “my darling, my thistle, my poppet.