Rhetoric of Fiction

ISBN-10: 0226065588
ISBN-13: 9780226065588
Edition: 2nd 1983 (Revised)
Authors: Wayne C. Booth
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 572
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The first edition of The Rhetoric of Fiction transformed the criticism of fiction and soon became a classic in the field. One of the most widely used texts in fiction courses, it is a standard reference point in advanced discussions of how fictional form works, how authors make novels accessible, and how readers recreate texts, and its concepts and terms—such as "the implied author," "the postulated reader," and "the unreliable narrator"—have become part of the standard critical lexicon. For this new edition, Wayne C. Booth has written an extensive Afterword in which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now views as errors, and sets forth his own recent thinking about the rhetoric of fiction. The other new feature is a Supplementary Bibliography, prepared by James Phelan in consultation with the author, which lists the important critical works of the past twenty years—two decades that Booth describes as "the richest in the history of the subject."

Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Artistic Purity and the Rhetoric of Fiction
Telling and Showing Authoritative
""Telling"" in Early Narration
Two Stories from theDecameron
The Author's Many Voices
General Rules
""True Novels Must Be Realistic""
From Justified Revolt to Crippling Dogma
From Differentiated Kinds to Universal Qualities
General Criteria in Earlier Periods
Three Sources of General Criteria: The Work, the Author, the Reader
Intensity of

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