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Genres in Discourse / Edition 1
     

Genres in Discourse / Edition 1

by Tzvetan Todorov, Catherine Porter
 

ISBN-10: 0521349990

ISBN-13: 9780521349994

Pub. Date: 09/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a collection in translation of recent essays by Tzvetan Todorov, one of the most eminent of today's literary critics. The essays concentrate on the idea of genre, literary or otherwise, and asks such questions as: What is literature? What is genre? Which are the major literary genres? In the first section, Todorov proposes definitions for the notions of

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This is a collection in translation of recent essays by Tzvetan Todorov, one of the most eminent of today's literary critics. The essays concentrate on the idea of genre, literary or otherwise, and asks such questions as: What is literature? What is genre? Which are the major literary genres? In the first section, Todorov proposes definitions for the notions of literature, discourse, and genre. Following is a general discussion of the two principal literary genres, fiction and poetry. Finally, in the third section of essays, Todorov examines individual authors as case studies: among them Poe, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Conrad, and James.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521349994
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Prefatory note; Part I: 1. The notions of literature; 2. The origin of genres; Part II: 3. The two principles of narrative; 4. Reading as construction; 5. A poetic novel; 6. Poetry without verse; Part III: 7. Notes from the Underground; 8. The limits of Edgar Poe; 9. Heart of Darkness; 10. The Awkward Age; Index.

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