Study Questions for Robert Coover's "The Babysitter" [1969]

Patricia Waugh has argued that the 108 sections of "The Babysitter" cannot be read either "consecutively" with the "causal logic of "realism" or even "spatially" with the "associative logic of modernism." Waugh further suggests that any attempt to "naturalize the contradictory alternatives" of the plot results in frustration, that the story "chooses all" of the potential alternatives (Metafiction 138-39). Is the story, then, merely a formal experiment, a display of metafictional vacuity? Or is there a point, a commentary, a meaning provoked by the story's form? Does the story somehow hold a mirror up to everyday life, thereby enacting a cultural critique?