Title

Margaret Drabble's "The Waterfall": New System, New Morality

Document Type

Article

Department

English (Scripps)

Publication Date

Fall 1988

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Fiction

Abstract

The Waterfall is Margaret Drabble's most literarily-allusive novel, a complex metafiction that draws attention to problems of finding a style and of making an ending. Jane Gray, the first-person narrator, is writing a novel about herself in the third person in an attempt to understand her passion for James, her cousin's husband; and she intersperses her stylized, romantic fictionalization with a critical, analytical first-person commentary.

Rights Information

© 1988 Duke University Press