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What accounts for the power of stories to both entertain and illuminate? This question has long compelled the attention of storytellers and students of literature alike, and over the past several decades it has opened up broader dialogues about the nature of culture and interpretation. This third edition of the bestselling Essentials of the Theory of Fiction provides a comprehensive view of the theory of fiction from the nineteenth century through modernism and postmodernism to the present. It offers a sample of ...
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Essentials of the Theory of Fiction

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Overview

What accounts for the power of stories to both entertain and illuminate? This question has long compelled the attention of storytellers and students of literature alike, and over the past several decades it has opened up broader dialogues about the nature of culture and interpretation. This third edition of the bestselling Essentials of the Theory of Fiction provides a comprehensive view of the theory of fiction from the nineteenth century through modernism and postmodernism to the present. It offers a sample of major theories of fictional technique while emphasizing recent developments in literary criticism. The essays cover a variety of topics, including voice, point of view, narration, sequencing, gender, and race. Ten new selections address issues such as oral memory in African American fiction, temporality, queer theory, magical realism, interactive narratives, and the effect of virtual technologies on literature. For students and generalists alike, Essentials of the Theory of Fiction is an invaluable resource for understanding how fiction works.

Contributors. M. M. Bakhtin, John Barth, Roland Barthes, Wayne Booth, John Brenkman, Peter Brooks, Catherine Burgass, Seymour Chatman, J. Yellowlees Douglas, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Wendy B. Faris, Barbara Foley, E. M. Forster, Joseph Frank, Joanne S. Frye, William H. Gass, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gérard Genette, Ursula K. Heise, Michael J. Hoffman, Linda Hutcheon, Henry James, Susan S. Lanser, Helen Lock, Georg Lukács, Patrick D. Murphy, Ruth Ronen, Joseph Tabbi, Jon Thiem, Tzvetan Todorov, Virginia Woolf

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A comprehensive view of the theory of fiction from the nineteenth century, through modernism and postmodernism, to the present. A sound introduction for the student, a thoughtful survey for the scholar. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822386599
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Meet the Author

Michael J. Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Davis. Among his books are Critical Essays on Gertrude Stein and The Subversive Vision: American Romanticism in Literature.

Patrick D. Murphy is Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. His most recent books are Farther Afield in the Study of Nature-Oriented Literature and A Place for Wayfaring: The Poetry and Prose of Gary Snyder.

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Table of Contents


Contents
Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction
1. Henry James: The Art of Fiction
2. Virginia Woolf: Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Brown
3. E. M. Forster: Flat and Round Characters
4. M. M. Bakhtin: Epic and Novel
5. Joseph Frank: Spatial Form in Modern Literature
6. Roland Barthes: Writing and the Novel
7. Wayne Booth: Distance and Point of View: An Essay in Classification
8. Georg Luk cs: Marxist Aesthetics and Literary Realism
9. William H. Gass: The Concept of Character in Fiction
10. Gérard Genette: Time and Narrative in A la recherche du temps perdu
11. Seymour Chatman: Discourse: Nonnarrated Stories
12. Tzvetan Todorov: Reading as Construction
13. John Barth: The Literature of Replenishment
14. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: The Blackness of Blackness: A Critique on the Sign and the
Signifying Monkey
15. Peter Brooks: Reading for the Plot
16. Rachel Blau DuPlessis: Breaking the Sentence; Breaking the Sequence
17. Barbara Foley: The Documentary Novel and the Problem of Borders
18. Joanne S. Frye: Politics, Literary Form, and a Feminist Poetics of the Novel
19. Linda Hutcheon: "The Pastime of Past Time": Fiction, History, Historiographical
Metafiction
20. Helen Lock: "Building Up from Fragments": The Oral Memory Process in Some
Recent African American Written Narratives
21. Wendy B. Faris: Scheherazade's Children: Magical Realism and Postmodern Fiction
22. Jon Thiem: The Textualization of the Reader in Magical Realist Fiction
23. Ruth Ronen: Are Fictional Worlds Possible?
24. Ursula K. Heise: Chronoschisms
25. Susan S. Lanser: Queering Narratology
26. Catherine Burgass: A Brief Story of Postmodern Plot
27. John Brenkman: On Voice
28. J. Yellowlees Douglas: What Interactive Narratives Do That Print Narratives Cannot
29. Joseph Tabbi: A Media Migration: Toward a Potential Literature
Biographical Notes
Permissions
Index
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