Finally a bit of progress today, after a complete waste of a day yesterday. I have finished Dahl’s novel I fjor sommer, and have read some additional articles on Reception Studies (John Frow looks particularly promising…). I also opened up the Ibsen article to take a look, and realized that it would be pretty easy to write up the section on the two scenes in Næss’ novel where the fictional Ibsen refuses to undress himself entirely (once at the doctor’s, once in Emilie Bardach’s hotel room). The more I think about it, the less I like the implications in that novel. Basically, the only viable reason Næss can come up with for the fictional Ibsen’s refusal of the fictional Bardach’s fictional sexual advances is impotence. Sigh. How cliché.
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