The Extension of Life

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The Extension of Life seeks to define the nature of fiction as it has been practiced by some major American authors. It is inspired by the feeling that fiction is puzzling: that it is strange that readers appreciate stories which both are the free invention of their authors and also owe much to the actual facts of the history and society that the readers know from their everyday lives. It seeks to illuminate this puzzle by reference to the substantial body of study of narrative form and of the status of fiction ...
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Overview

The Extension of Life seeks to define the nature of fiction as it has been practiced by some major American authors. It is inspired by the feeling that fiction is puzzling: that it is strange that readers appreciate stories which both are the free invention of their authors and also owe much to the actual facts of the history and society that the readers know from their everyday lives. It seeks to illuminate this puzzle by reference to the substantial body of study of narrative form and of the status of fiction that has been produced in recent years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611472615
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
1 Malamud: The Natural 26
2 Bellow: Mr. Sammler's Planet 38
3 Capote: In Cold Blood 50
4 Barth: Giles Goat-Boy 63
5 Doctorow: The Book of Daniel 76
6 Morrison: Beloved 89
7 Oates: Blonde 101
8 Ford: The Sportswriter 114
9 Smiley: A Thousand Acres 126
10 Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible 138
Conclusion 150
Notes 157
Bibliography 168
Index 176
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