Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

The narrative function of Kilgore Trout and his fictional works in Slaughterhouse-Five

Jesús Lerate de Castro

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.1994.7.09

Abstract

This paper analyzes Vonnegut's use of historical and imaginary sources in Slaughterhouse-Five, paying particular attention to the structural role played by Kilgore Trout —Vonnegut's literary alter ego— and his six science-fiction stories. Trout's intratextual fiction, it is argued here, enlarges the scope of the novel, underlines a series of central themes, criticizes certain moral values, and introduces a comic dimension that counterbalances the seriousness of the war material.

Keywords

Literatura norteamericana; Novela; Vonnegut, Kurt; Slaughterhouse-Five; Trout, Kilgore



DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.1994.7.09

Copyright (c) 1994 Jesús Lerate de Castro

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