Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative

Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative

by Peter Brooks
     
 

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A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life.

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A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307962829
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
363
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Peter Brooks is Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University.

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