Narrative - Theory / Edition 1

Narrative - Theory / Edition 1

by David H. Richter
     
 

The essays in Narrative/Theory constitute a short course in the theory of fiction representing most of the current perspectives in the contemporary conversation about narrative, literary and otherwise. It could be used as a primary text in a course in the theory of fiction for which no currently adequate textbook exists; but we expect the book to find its widest use… See more details below

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The essays in Narrative/Theory constitute a short course in the theory of fiction representing most of the current perspectives in the contemporary conversation about narrative, literary and otherwise. It could be used as a primary text in a course in the theory of fiction for which no currently adequate textbook exists; but we expect the book to find its widest use as an ancillary text for courses in the novel, the short story, and film, where it can be used to enrich and deepen students' understanding of the concepts involved in the analysis of narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801316104
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/19/1995
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
General Introduction1
Pt. IManifestos9
Preface to Joseph Andrews17
Hawthorne and His Mosses22
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists34
The Art of Fiction42
Modern Fiction57
Blueprint for Negro Writing62
Hidden Name and Complex Fate71
The Literature of Exhaustion77
The Depreciated Legacy of Cervantes87
Pt. IIForm: Elements of Narrative93
The Concept of Plot and the Plot of Tom Jones105
Functions of Character108
Pattern and Rhythm122
Order, Duration, Frequency132
Distance and Point of View139
Focalization152
Voice160
Narrated Monologue170
Heteroglossia in the Novel175
Toward a Feminist Poetics of Narrative Voice182
Written Composition and the Emergence of Narrative Style194
Writing and the Novel203
Truth in Fiction: A Reexamination of Audiences208
Introduction to the Study of the Narratee226
Pt. IIIIdeologies243
In the American Canon249
Who Cuts the Border? Some Readings on 'America'260
What Is a Minor Literature273
Breaking the Sentence; Breaking the Sequence280
Introduction to The Signifying Monkey297
Introduction: Axiomatic to Epistemology of the Closet301
Narrative Desire306
The Realist Floor Plan313
Glossary325

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