Novels and Arguments: Inventing Rhetorical Criticism

Novels and Arguments: Inventing Rhetorical Criticism

by Zahava K. McKeon




In this absorbing study—the first comprehensive exploration of the rhetoric of the novel—Zahava Karl McKeon investigates the complex interrelations of critical poetics, grammars, dialectics, and rhetorics to devise a systematic means of dealing with the structure of prose works as communicative objects. Using the vocabulary and conceptual resources of Aristotle and Cicero, she pursues this exploration to discover the kinds of arguments that characterize novels, to find a way of distinguishing novels from other discursive wholes, and to discriminate different genres of the novel. McKeon's arguments are supplemented by readings of a variety of texts, including the novels and stories of Gunter Grass, John Fowles, Robert Coover, and Flannery O'Connor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226560342
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/28/1982
Series: Historical Studies of Urban America Ser.
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Zahava Karl McKeon is associate professor of English at DePaul University.

Table of Contents

Part One - The Form of Rhetorical Criticism
Modes of Discourse—Kinds of Rhetoric
1. Introduction
2. About Fictive Argument
3. Making Fictive Arguments
4. Making Discursive Wholes
5. Making Novels
Part Two - The Practice of Rhetorical Criticism
Invention, Discovery, Explication, Evaluation
Introduction: Fictive Argument and Novels
6. Novels—Conjectural and Definitive
7. Novels—Qualitative
8. Novels—Translative: A Discussion of Comparative Analysis
9. Conclusion
Index of Terms and Concepts
Index of Authors and Titles

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