The Distinction of Fiction

Author: Dorrit Cohn

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801865220

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Winner of the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies The border between fact and fiction has been trespassed so often it seems to be a highway. Works of history that include fictional techniques are usually held in contempt, but works of fiction that include history are among the greatest of classics. Fiction claims to be able to convey its own unique kinds of truth. But unless a reader knows in advance whether a narrative is fictional or not, judgment can be frustrated and confused. In The Distinction of Fiction, Dorrit Cohn argues that fiction does present specific clues to its fictionality, and its own justifications. Indeed, except in cases of deliberate deception, fiction achieves its purposes best by exercising generic conventions that inform the reader that it is fiction. Cohn tests her conclusions against major narrative works, including Proust's A la Recherche du temps perdu, Mann's Death in Venice, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Freud's case studies. She contests widespread poststructuralist views that all narratives are fictional. On the contrary, she separates fiction and nonfiction as necessarily distinct, even when bound together. An expansion of Cohn's Christian Gauss lectures at Princeton and the product of many years of labor and thought, The Distinction of Fiction builds on narratological and phenomenological theories to show that boundaries between fiction and history can be firmly and systematically explored.
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Experiments in Life-Writing

Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction

Author: Lucia Boldrini,Julia Novak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331955414X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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This volume examines innovative intersections of life-writing and experimental fiction in the 20th and 21st centuries, bringing together scholars and practicing biographers from several disciplines (Modern Languages, English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing). It covers a broad range of biographical, autobiographical, and hybrid practices in a variety of national literatures, among them many recent works: texts that test the ground between fact and fiction, that are marked by impressionist, self-reflexive and intermedial methods, by their recourse to myth, folklore, poetry, or drama as they tell a historical character’s story. Between them, the essays shed light on the broad range of auto/biographical experimentation in modern Europe and will appeal to readers with an interest in the history and politics of form in life-writing: in the ways in which departures from traditional generic paradigms are intricately linked with specific views of subjectivity, with questions of personal, communal, and national identity. The Introduction of this book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
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Faktualität und Fiktionalität in autobiographischen Texten des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: Esther Kraus

Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 3828859607

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 518

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'Die Dichter lügen' - nicht. Platons Vorwurf ist literaturwissenschaftlich längst entkräftet: Fiktionale literarische Texte erzählen Erfundenes - allerdings nicht, um den Leser zu täuschen, sondern um ihn unter Einhaltung bestimmter Spielregeln zu unterhalten. Was aber passiert, wenn eben diese Regeln verletzt werden - und literarische Texte Konventionen des Wahren und des Erfundenen in Frage stellen? Besondere Brisanz erhalten narrative Konventionsbrüche in autobiographischen Texten, an die unverändert Forderungen nach wahrheitsgemäßer oder zumindest aufrichtiger Darstellung der Vergangenheit herangetragen werden. Die Entstehung neuer Begriffe wie "Autofiktion" für Texte an der Schnittstelle von Autobiographie und Roman zeigt, dass autobiographisch-fiktionale Grenzverletzungen immer noch eine große literaturwissenschaftliche Herausforderung darstellen. Esther Kraus widmet sich diesem Problem aus theoretischer, analytischer und historischer Perspektive.
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Performative Geschichtsschreibung

Forster, Herder, Schiller, Archenholz und die Brüder Schlegel

Author: Stephan Jaeger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110260859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

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Die Untersuchung zeigt zum ersten Mal die historische Notwendigkeit, warum aufgrund ihrer theoretischen und geschichtsphilosophischen Prägung gerade im deutschsprachigen Raum des späten 18. Jahrhunderts eine performative Geschichtsschreibung entsteht, die modernes historiographisches Erzählen erst ermöglicht. Hiermit wird die These vom Übergang der Geschichtserzählung zwischen Aufklärungshistorik und Historismus präzisiert. Die untersuchten Texte ‑ sowohl Zivilisations- als auch Realgeschichtsschreibung umfassend ‑ von Forster, Herder, Schiller, Archenholz bis zu den Brüdern Schlegel setzen Erzählmittel und ästhetische Strategien ein, um die Kontingenz der Geschichte zu überwinden und deren Gesetzmäßigkeit auszudrücken. Die vorliegende Arbeit differenziert zugleich die gängige These der Forschung im Zuge von ‚linguistic‘ und ‚narrative turn‘ aus, wonach die Realgeschichtsschreibung die Erzählverfahren der Literatur, gerade des Romans, übernimmt. Die historiographiespezifischen Darstellungstechniken werden mithilfe narratologischer und performanztheoretischer Verfahren herausarbeitet. Angesprochen werden daher sowohl Literatur- und Wissenschaftshistoriker als auch Literatur- und Geschichtstheoretiker sowie Geschichtsphilosophen.
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Memorious Discourse

Reprise and Representation in Postmodernism

Author: Christian Moraru

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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"In his wide-ranging discussion of contemporary writers and theorists, Moraru notes that postmodernism characteristically re-presents. That is, it actively "remembers" and, to use a musical term, "reprises" former representations. These need not be infinite in number, as in Borges, but must be and usually are retrieved with sufficient obviousness."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science

Collected Essays on SF Storytelling and the Gnostic Imagination

Author: Frank McConnell,Gary Westfahl,Donald E. Palumbo,C.W. Sullivan III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786437227

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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"At first emphasizing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an exclusive emphasis on spirituality. McConnell's essays cover such topics as H.G. Wells, science fiction in academia, and the role of genre in storytelling"--Provided by publisher.
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Literary Fiction

The Ways We Read Narrative Literature

Author: Geir Farner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 162356025X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Insofar as literary theory has addressed the issue of literature as a means of communication and the function of literary fiction, opinions have been sharply divided, indicating that the elementary foundations of literary theory and criticism still need clarifying. Many of the "classical" problems that literary theory has been grappling with from Aristotle to our time are still waiting for a satisfactory solution. Based on a new cognitive model of literature as communication, Farner systematically explains how literary fiction works, providing new solutions to a wide range of literary issues, like intention, function, evaluation, delimitation of the literary work as such, fictionality, suspense, and the roles of author and narrator, along with such narratological problems as voice, point of view and duration. Covering a wide range of literary issues central to literary theory, offering new theories while also summarising the field as it stands, Literary Fiction will be a valuable guide and resource for students and scholars of the theory of literature.
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Grenzen des Verstehens

philosophische und humanwissenschaftliche Perspektiven

Author: Gudrun Kühne-Bertram,Gunter Scholtz

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525301388

Category: History

Page: 272

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Marbot

Author: Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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Contexts of Pre-novel Narrative

The European Tradition

Author: Roy Eriksen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110138832

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 397

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Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns

Edwardian Fiction and the First World War

Author: R. Hawkes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137283432

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Ford Madox Ford is a major modernist writer, yet many of his works do not conform to our assumptions about modernism. Examining ways in which he, alongside other 'misfit moderns', undermines 'stabilities' we expect from novels and memoirs, this book poses questions about the nature of narrative and the distinction between modernism and modernity.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114141

Category:

Page: N.A

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Since its publication in 1967, One Hundred Years of Solitude has sold well over 10 million copies and earned its author, Gabriel Garciacute;a Maacute;rquez, a host of awards-including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The novel has brought about co
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Fiction and Narrative

Author: Derek Matravers

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191018066

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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For the past twenty years there has been a virtual consensus in philosophy that there is a special link between fiction and the imagination. In particular, fiction has been defined in terms of the imagination: what it is for something to be fictional is that there is some requirement that a reader imagine it. Derek Matravers argues that this rests on a mistake; the proffered definitions of 'the imagination' do not link it with fiction but with representations more generally. In place of the flawed consensus, he offers an account of what it is to read, listen to, or watch a narrative whether that narrative is fictional or non-fictional. The view that emerges, which draws extensively on work in psychology, downgrades the divide between fiction and non-fiction and largely dispenses with the imagination. In the process, he casts new light on a succession of issues: on the 'paradox of fiction', on the issue of fictional narrators, on the problem of 'imaginative resistance', and on the nature of our engagement with film.
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The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

Borders, Intimacy, Terror

Author: Bruce Bennett

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850530

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This comprehensive study of prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom explores the thematic, stylistic, and intellectual consistencies running through his eclectic and controversial body of work. This volume undertakes a close analysis of a TV series directed by Winterbottom and sixteen of his films ranging from television dramas to transnational co-productions featuring Hollywood stars, and from documentaries to costume films. The critique is centered on Winterbottom's collaborative working practices, political and cultural contexts, and critical reception. Arguing that his work delineates a 'cinema of borders', this study examines Winterbottom's treatment of sexuality, class, ethnicity, and national and international politics, as well as his quest to adequately narrate inequality, injustice, and violence.
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The Encyclopedia of the Novel

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111877907X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1024

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Now available in a single volume paperback, this advanced reference resource for the novel and novel theory offers authoritative accounts of the history, terminology, and genre of the novel, in over 140 articles of 500-7,000 words. Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, narrative structure and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems, such as definitions of the novel; book history; and the novel's relationship to other arts and disciplines. The Encyclopedia is arranged in A-Z format and features entries from an international cast of over 140 scholars, overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field, making this the most authoritative reference resource available on the novel. This essential reference, now available in an easy-to-use, fully indexed single volume paperback, will be a vital addition to the libraries of literature students and scholars everywhere.
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Contracts of Fiction

Cognition, Culture, Community

Author: Ellen Spolsky

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190232161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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The Contracts of Fiction reconnects our fictional worlds to the rest of our lives. Countering the contemporary tendency to dismiss works of imagination as enjoyable but epistemologically inert, the book considers how various kinds of fictions construct, guide, and challenge institutional relationships within social groups. The contracts of fiction, like the contracts of language, law, kinship, and money, describe the rules by which members of a group toggle between tokens and types, between their material surroundings - the stuff of daily life - and the abstractions that give it value. Rethinking some familiar literary concepts such as genre and style from the perspective of recent work in the biological, cognitive, and brain sciences, the book displays how fictions engage bodies and minds in ways that help societies balance continuity and adaptability. Being part of a community means sharing the ways its members use stories, pictures, plays and movies, poems and songs, icons and relics, to generate usable knowledge about the people, objects, beliefs and values in their environment. Exposing the underlying structural and processing homologies among works of imagination and life processes such as metabolism and memory, Ellen Spolsky demonstrates the seamless connection of life to art by revealing the surprising dependence of both on disorder, imbalance, and uncertainty. In early modern London, for example, reformed religion, expanding trade, and changed demographics made the obsolescent courts a source of serious inequities. Just at that time, however, a flood of wildly popular revenge tragedies, such as Hamlet, by their very form, by their outrageous theatrical grotesques, were shouting the need for change in the justice system. A sustained discussion of the genre illustrates how biological homeostasis underpins the social balance that we maintain with difficulty, and how disorder itself incubates new understanding.
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The Invention of Modern Science

Author: Isabelle Stengers

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816630554

Category: Science

Page: 185

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"The Invention of Modern Science proposes a fruitful way of going beyond the apparently irreconcilable positions, that science is either "objective" or "socially constructed." Instead, suggests Isabelle Stengers, one of the most important and influential philosophers of science in Europe, we might understand the tension between scientific objectivity and belief as a necessary part of science, central to the practices invented and reinvented by scientists."--pub. desc.
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 7, Modernism and the New Criticism

Author: George Alexander Kennedy,A. Walton Litz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521300124

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 576

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This volume of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, first published in 2000, provides a thorough account of the critical tradition emerging with the modernist and avant-garde writers of the early twentieth century (Eliot, Pound, Stein, Yeats), continuing with the New Critics (Richards, Empson, Burke, Winters), and feeding into the influential work of Leavis, Trilling and others who helped form the modern institutions of literary culture. The core period covered is 1910–60, but explicit connections are made with nineteenth-century traditions and there is discussion of the implications of modernism and the New Criticism for our own time, with its inherited formalism, anti-sentimentalism, and astringency of tone. The book provides a companion to the other twentieth-century volumes of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, and offers a systematic and stimulating coverage of the development of the key literary-critical movements, with chapters on groups and genres as well as on individual critics.
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Dual-process Theories in Social Psychology

Author: Shelly Chaiken,Yaacov Trope

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572304215

Category: Psychology

Page: 657

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This informative volume presents the first comprehensive review of research and theory on dual-process models of social information processing. These models distinguish between qualitatively different modes of information processing in making decisions and solving problems (e.g., associative versus rule-based, controlled versus uncontrolled, and affective versus cognitive modes). Leading contributors review the basic assumptions of these approaches and review the ways they have been applied and tested in such areas as attitudes, stereotyping, person perception, memory, and judgment. Also examined are the relationships between different sets of processing modes, the factors that determine their utilization, and how they work in combination to affect responses to social information.
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Contemporary Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language

Author: Peter A. French,Theodore Edward Uehling,Howard K. Wettstein

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816608669

Category: Philosophy

Page: 417

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Contemporary Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language was first published in 1983. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. This volume, an expanded edition of the philosophy of language issue of the journal Midwest Studies in Philosophy (1977), includes essays by some of the foremost exponents of the most influential current approaches to the philosophy of language. There are new contributions to this edition by Keith S. Donnellan, Jerrold J. Katz, Barbara Partee, John Searle, Richmond Thomason and Zeno Vendler. Essays drawn from the original edition are by W. V. Quine, Keith S Donnellan, Stephen Schiffer, Donnis W. Stampe, Baruch A Brody, Panayot Butchvarov, Fred I. Dretske, Jaegwon Kim, David Shwayder, J. O. Urmson, Michael Levin, David E. Cooper, John Wallace, Hector-Neri Castaneda, Howard K Wettstein, Herbert Hochberg, Nelson Goodman, Wilfrid Sellars, Michael Root, Bruce Aune, Donald Davidson, and Saul Kripke. Of special interest in the original edition was Kripke's paper "Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference, Descriptions, and Anaphora," Presents a rebuttal to Kripke's essay and attempts to establish referential attributive distinction as semantically significant.
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