A Study of the Effect of Change of Genre in the Direction of the Audience's Expectation Horizon as One of the Creative Symptoms of Misprision in Two Novels: The Sound and the Fury and Symphony of the Dead

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. student in Persian Language and Literature, University of Arak

2 A faculty member of the Department of Persian Language and Literature, University of Arak


One of the theories presented on the influence of literary works is Bloom's theory of Misreading in which a kind of pugnacious dialectic, in an Oedipus way, between the former and the latter have been taken into consideration. The effort of the early author to get rid of the anxiety of being influenced could be defined as a creative misreading. According to Bloom, due to the fact that reading the works of the former author has opened a certain horizon for readers, changing this horizon could be an example of a creative misreading. Changing this horizon could be performed in a variety of methods. This paper is intended to study the changes which Abbas Maroufi, the author of the Symphony of the Dead, have made in the genre of his work to get rid of the anxiety of being influenced by the Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. He has, therefore, created a kind of creative misreading out of his former celebrated author. 


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