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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801316104
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/19/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Pt. I Manifestos 9
Preface to Joseph Andrews 17
Hawthorne and His Mosses 22
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 34
The Art of Fiction 42
Modern Fiction 57
Blueprint for Negro Writing 62
Hidden Name and Complex Fate 71
The Literature of Exhaustion 77
The Depreciated Legacy of Cervantes 87
Pt. II Form: Elements of Narrative 93
The Concept of Plot and the Plot of Tom Jones 105
Functions of Character 108
Pattern and Rhythm 122
Order, Duration, Frequency 132
Distance and Point of View 139
Focalization 152
Voice 160
Narrated Monologue 170
Heteroglossia in the Novel 175
Toward a Feminist Poetics of Narrative Voice 182
Written Composition and the Emergence of Narrative Style 194
Writing and the Novel 203
Truth in Fiction: A Reexamination of Audiences 208
Introduction to the Study of the Narratee 226
Pt. III Ideologies 243
In the American Canon 249
Who Cuts the Border? Some Readings on 'America' 260
What Is a Minor Literature 273
Breaking the Sentence; Breaking the Sequence 280
Introduction to The Signifying Monkey 297
Introduction: Axiomatic to Epistemology of the Closet 301
Narrative Desire 306
The Realist Floor Plan 313
Glossary 325
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