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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

A major book by a major critic. It will appeal both to literary theorists and to readers of the novel, and it is likely to be seen as an important point of reference for many years to come.
— Terence Cave

Literature and History

Peter Brooks has delivered a major contribution to narrative theory and critical practice in a book remarkable for its lucidity and theoretical adventurousness.
— Terry Eagleton

New York Times

What is...gratifying about Brooks's approach is his insistence that plot elements must survive even the most radical postmodern consciousness...As he so eloquently confirms, so long as there is self-conscious life on earth, there will be narrative plotting in some form or another. To expect us to give it up would be like asking us to give up breathing.
— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

Times Literary Supplement - Terence Cave
A major book by a major critic. It will appeal both to literary theorists and to readers of the novel, and it is likely to be seen as an important point of reference for many years to come.
Literature and History - Terry Eagleton
Peter Brooks has delivered a major contribution to narrative theory and critical practice in a book remarkable for its lucidity and theoretical adventurousness.
New York Times - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
What is...gratifying about Brooks's approach is his insistence that plot elements must survive even the most radical postmodern consciousness...As he so eloquently confirms, so long as there is self-conscious life on earth, there will be narrative plotting in some form or another. To expect us to give it up would be like asking us to give up breathing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674748927
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,128,706
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brooks is Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University.
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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Reading for the Plot

2. Narrative Desire

3. The Novel and the Guillotine, or Fathers and Sons in Le Rouge et le noir

4. Freud's Masterplot: A Model for Narrative

5. Repetition, Repression, and Return: The Plotting of Great Expectations

6. The Mark of the Beast: Prostitution, Serialization, and Narrative

7. Retrospective Lust, or Flaubert's Perversities

8. Narrative Transaction and Transference

9. An Unreadable Report: Conrad's Heart of Darkness

10. Fictions of the Wolf Man: Freud and Narrative Understanding

11. Incredulous Narration: Absalom, Absalom!

In Conclusion: Endgames and the Study of Plot

Notes

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