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Narrative and Culture

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Narrative and Culture draws together fourteen essays in which leading scholars discuss narrative texts and practices in a variety of media and genres, subjecting them to sustained cultural analysis. The essays cross national borders and historical periods as often and as easily as they traverse disciplinary boundaries, and they examine canonical fiction as well as postmodern media—photography, film, television. The primary subject of these pieces, notes Janice Carlisle, is “the relation between the telling of ...

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Overview

Narrative and Culture draws together fourteen essays in which leading scholars discuss narrative texts and practices in a variety of media and genres, subjecting them to sustained cultural analysis. The essays cross national borders and historical periods as often and as easily as they traverse disciplinary boundaries, and they examine canonical fiction as well as postmodern media—photography, film, television. The primary subject of these pieces, notes Janice Carlisle, is “the relation between the telling of tales and the engagement of their tellers and listeners in the practices of specific societies.”

Contributors: Nina Auerbach, Thomas B. Byers, Jay Clayton, Marcel Cornis-Pope, Mary Lou Emery, Colleen Kennedy, Vera Mark, Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Paul Morrison, Ingeborg Majer O’Sickey, John Carlos Rowe, Daniel R. Schwarz, Carol Siegel, Felipe Smith

 

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Editorial Reviews

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“This wonderful collection is an attempt to explore the meanings of narrative and culture. The editors recognize that these abstract nouns are suspect, mysterious, devious.”—Review of Contemporary Fiction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820337913
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Carlisle is a professor of English at Yale University. She is the author or editor of numerous books including Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction and a critical edition of Great Expectations. Daniel R. Schwarz is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is the editor of several works and is the author of fourteen books including Reading Joyce’s Ulysses, Imagining the Holocaust, and the recent In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-first Century.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Revelations on Pages and Stages 15
The Difference Cooper Makes: The Cultural Text of The Last of the Mohicans 36
The White Man's Guest, or Why Aren't More Feminists Rereading Lolita? 46
The Narrative Turn in Minority Fiction 58
White Witch and Black Madonna: Reclamations of the Feminine in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby 77
Spin-off: The Rhetoric of Television and Postmodern Memory 97
"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird": Wallace Stevens's Cubist Narrative 121
The Narratives of Desire in Wim Wenders's Der Himmel uber Berlin 143
"End-Pleasure": Narrative in the Plague Years 160
Cultural Projections: The "Strange Case" of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Cinematic Response 179
Sexological Plots: Primitivism and the Modern Woman in Novels by May Sinclair and D. H. Lawrence 200
Narrative Innovation and Cultural Rewriting: The Pynchon-Morrison-Sukenick Connection 216
From Pact with the Devil to Masochist's Contract: Dangerous Liaisons's Translation of the Erotics of Evil 238
Cultural Pastiches: Intertextualities in the Moncrabeau Liars' Festival Narratives 250
Contributors 271
Index 273
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