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Essentials of the Theory of Fiction

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ISBN-10: 0822318237

ISBN-13: 9780822318231

Edition: 2nd 1996

Authors: Patrick D. Murphy, Michael J. Hoffman

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What accounts for the power of stories to both entertain us and interpret our world? This question has compelled the attention of storytellers and students of literature alike--particularly in recent decades--and their answers have opened an important window on larger questions about the nature of culture, as well as of interpretation and understanding. This second edition of Essentials of the Theory of Fiction provides a comprehensive view of the theory of fiction from the nineteenth century, through modernism and postmodernism, to the present.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
The Art of Fiction
Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown
Flat and Round Characters
Epic and Novel
Spatial Form in Modern Literature
Writing and the Novel
Distance and Point of View: An Essay in Classification
Marxist Aesthetics and Literary Realism
The Concept of Character in Fiction
Time and Narrative in A la recherche du temps perdu
Discourse: Nonnarrated Stories
Reading as Construction
The Literature of Replenishment
The Blackness of Blackness: A Critique on the Sign and the Signifying Monkey
Reading for the Plot
Breaking the Sentence Breaking the Sequence
The Documentary Novel and the Problem of Borders
Politics, Literary Form, and a Feminist Poetics of the Novel
"The Pastime of Past Time": Fiction, History, Historiographical Metafiction
"Building Up from Fragments": The Oral Memory Process in Some Recent African-American Written Narratives
Scheherazade's Children: Magical Realism and Postmodern Fiction
The Textualization of the Reader in Magical Realist Fiction
Are Fictional Worlds Possible?
Queering Narratology
A Brief Story of Postmodern Plot
On Voice
What Interactive Narratives Do That Print Narratives Cannot
A Media Migration: Toward a Potential Literature
Biographical Notes