ISSN(Print): 2790-6795 | ISSN(Online) : 2790-6809 | ISSN-L : 2790-6795


Reinterpreting the Oedipus Myth: A Historiographic Metafictional Study of Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being


  1. Imran Aslam
    Lecturer , Department of English , University Of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Syed Waqar Ul Hassan
    Visiting Lecturer , Department of English , University Of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Imrana Zulfiqar
    Lecturer , Department of English , Superior Group of Colleges, Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan


This paper analyzes the functions of the Oedipus Article in Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being in postmodern perspective particularly Linda Hutcheon’s model of Historiographic Metafiction. Historiographic Metafiction is a concept introduced by Linda Hutcheon in her book A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction (1988), which discusses the use of techniques like Intertextuality, Parody, Subversion and Pastiche by prominent postmodern writers. The significance of the overall importance of the Oedipus article has been analyzed in line with the constituents of Historiographic Metafiction like Intertextuality, Parody and Subversion and comparison has been drawn between the two works and the past and the present. The technique of Intertextuality helps Kundera incorporate the past into the present whereas parodic subversion allows the writer to challenge the Grand Narratives and revisit the past in postmodern perspective. The traits of characters in the novel impersonate the characteristics of Oedipus. The inter-text of Oedipus helps Kundera develop the plot and theme of his magnum opus. Intertextuality destroys the independent nature of the novel whereas parodic subversion helps the writer maintain subjectivity and self-reflexivity. The authenticity of Czech history has been questioned and different sides of reality have been analyzed through Mini Narratives.


Historiography, Hutcheon, Intertextuality, Kundera, Metafiction, Parody, Postmodernism, Subversion


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DOI Number: 10.35484/ahss.2020(1-I)02
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