Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

by Barbara C. Foley


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Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current Marxist critics. Foley maintains that Marxist theory has yet to produce a satisfactory theory of mimesis or of the development of genres, and she addresses such key issues as the problem of reference and the nature of generic distinctions. Among the authors whom Foley treats are Defoe, Scott, George Eliot, Joyce, Isherwood, Dos Passos, William Wells Brown, Ishmael Reed, and Ernest Gaines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501722882
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 928,908
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Barbara Foley is a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University–Newark. She is the author of Radical Representations: Politics and Form in U.S. Proletarian Fiction, 1929–1941, Spectres of 1919: Class and Nation in the Making of the New Negro, Wrestling with the Left: the Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution.

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