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Perspectives on Percival Everett$
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Keith B. Mitchell and Robin G. Vander

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036828

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036828.001.0001

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Framing Text to Set Discourse in a Cultural Continuum

(p.35) Chapter 3 Frenzy
Perspectives on Percival Everett

Ronald Dorris

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Percival Everett’s novel Frenzy, a postmodern revision of the story of the god of wine, madness, fertility, and ecstasy, Dionysos. The narrator of the novel informs the reader that in the midst of the “frenzied Bakkhanal,” the story of Dionysos is told through Vlepo, “an unfrenzied observer” without form that manifests only at the command of Dionysos. Vlepo without form serves as chronicler of bacchic unfolding. As a governing definition for this analysis, that which is bacchic is connoted as the attempt on the part of a people in an uprooted environment to balance emotion and intellect, which encompasses growth patterns bound in the rhythms of organic life and all its integral variations.

Keywords:   postmodern revision, Dionysos, frenzied Bakkhanal, Vlepo, unfrenzied observer, bacchic unfolding, uprooted environment

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