The Seduction of Fiction

The Seduction of Fiction

By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer.

Author: Jean-François Vernay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319394534

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer. Arguing that current teaching practices have contributed to the current decline in the study of literature, Jean-François Vernay’s plea brings a refreshing perspective by seeking new directions and conceptual tools to highlight the value of literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and relevant to timely discussions of the vitality between emotion and literary studies, particularly within the contexts of psychology, affect studies, and cognitive studies, this book will open up a space in which the formation of our emotions can be openly examined and discussed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Author: Katherine Cummings

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804718253

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Categories: Literary Criticism

The Seduction of Lady X

The Seduction of Lady X

Harrison Tolly, the future Earl of Ashwood, keeps his love for his fiancâee's sister, Olivia Carey, hidden, but when Olivia's husband dies, he must make a life-altering decision that could expose the Carey family's darkest secret.

Author: Julia London

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439175477

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Harrison Tolly, the future Earl of Ashwood, keeps his love for his fiancâee's sister, Olivia Carey, hidden, but when Olivia's husband dies, he must make a life-altering decision that could expose the Carey family's darkest secret.
Categories: Fiction

The Seduction of Water

The Seduction of Water

After writing a story about her late mother, Iris Greenfeder returns to her childhood home at the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, intending to write her mother's biography, only to stumble into the middle of a haunting mystery.

Author: Carol Goodman

Publisher: Wheeler Publishing, Incorporated

ISBN: 1587244217

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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After writing a story about her late mother, Iris Greenfeder returns to her childhood home at the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, intending to write her mother's biography, only to stumble into the middle of a haunting mystery.
Categories: Fiction

The Seduction Narrative in Britain 1747 1800

The Seduction Narrative in Britain  1747   1800

In this book Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives.

Author: Katherine Binhammer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139481724

Category: Literary Criticism

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Eighteenth-century literature displays a fascination with the seduction of a virtuous young heroine, most famously illustrated by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and repeated in 1790s radical women's novels, in the many memoirs by fictional or real penitent prostitutes, and in street print. Across fiction, ballads, essays and miscellanies, stories were told of women's mistaken belief in their lovers' vows. In this book Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives. Drawing on new historicism, feminism, and narrative theory, Binhammer argues that the seduction narrative allowed writers to explore different fates for the heroine than the domesticity that became the dominant form in later literature. This study will appeal to scholars of eighteenth-century literature, social and cultural history, and women's and gender studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Seductive Forms

Seductive Forms

This book explores the ways in which three women novelists of the late-17th and early-18th centuries challenged and reworked both contemporary gender ideologies and generic convention.

Author: Ros Ballaster

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198184775

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Historicist and feminist accounts of the `rise of the novel' have neglected the phenomenon of the professional woman writer in England prior to the advent of the sentimental novel in the 1740s. Seductive Forms explores the means by which the three leading Tory women novelists of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries challenged and reworked both contemporary gender ideologies and generic convention. The seduction plot provided Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywoodwith a vehicle for dramatizing their own appropriation of the `masculine' power of fiction-making. Seduction is employed in these fictions as a metaphor for both novelistic production (the seduction of the reader by the writer) and party political machination (the seduction of the public by the politician). This challenging and lively book also explores the debts early prose fiction owed to French seventeenth-century models of fiction-writing and argues that Behn, Manley, and Haywood succeed in producing a distinctively `English' and female `form' for the amatory novel.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Story and Situation

Story and Situation

Author: Ross Chambers

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816612986

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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Categories: Literary Criticism

Seduction and Death in Muriel Spark s Fiction

Seduction and Death in Muriel Spark s Fiction

Analyzes the seductive and destructive power of certain signs and structures in Spark's fiction.

Author: Phōteinē Apostolou

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015053777929

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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Analyzes the seductive and destructive power of certain signs and structures in Spark's fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Seduction Challenge

The Seduction Challenge

GP Joel Whittaker's return to Cornwall to work in hisfather's practice becomes even more enjoyable when hemeets the gentle nurse.

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426878737

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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GP Joel Whittaker's return to Cornwall to work in his father's practice becomes even more enjoyable when he meets the gentle nurse. Joel's reputation with women is legendary, and there's something deliciously irresistible about Sister Lucy Bishop.… However, Joel's family warns him against any plans he has to seduce Lucy! So he decides he'll just get to know her instead, and fight temptation to take her in his arms. But it's a challenge that only gets harder.…
Categories: Fiction

The Seduction Diet

The Seduction Diet

Dark, funny, sexy, The Seduction Diet is a tale of the winners and losers, dreamers and schemers who slosh around in the sand and surf of this fabled and flawed city on the sea.

Author: Bruce Dundore

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781467025966

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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Dark, funny, sexy, The Seduction Diet is a tale of the winners and losers, dreamers and schemers who slosh around in the sand and surf of this fabled and flawed city on the sea.
Categories: Fiction

Empathy and the Strangeness of Fiction

Empathy and the Strangeness of Fiction

It will no doubt be asked why I have not chosen to focus straightforwardly on fictional depictions and explorations of empathy, opting instead to treat fictional representations of seduction by fiction-associated stranger indirect ...

Author: Scott Maria C. Scott

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474463065

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Explores how and why narrative fiction engages empathy, including Theory of MindOffers a broad overview of current scientific work on the effects of fiction-reading on empathy, including Theory of MindProvides an original intervention in the field of literary theory, centring on the reflexive properties of the fictional strangerIncludes stand-alone close readings of three novels by important French authorsThis book studies recent psychological findings which suggest that reading fiction cultivates empathy, encouraging us to be critically reflective, suspicious readers as well as participatory, 'nave' readers. Scott draws on literary theory and close readings to argue that engagement with fictional stories also teaches us to resist uncritical forms of empathy and reminds us of the limitations of our ability to understand other people. The book treats figures of the stranger in Balzac's La Fille aux yeux d'or, Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir and Sand's Indiana as emblematic of the strangeness of narrative fiction, both drawing us in and keeping us at a distance.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Kidnapped Seduction

Kidnapped Seduction

When Katherine Portienne (Kate), an innocent mid-western college graduate, lands her dream job in Los Angeles, she doesn't realize what kind of a ride she was in for... literally.

Author: Michelle White

Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781632876454

Category: Fiction

Page: 78

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When Katherine Portienne (Kate), an innocent mid-western college graduate, lands her dream job in Los Angeles, she doesn't realize what kind of a ride she was in for... literally. Tonight wasn't the first time that she'd worked twelve hours straight since she took on the Junior Associate position at the law firm of Johnson, Smith, and Barnes, and she knew that it wouldn't be the last. Kate had big plans to remove the Junior in her title and do it fast. Matter of fact Kate had everything in her life planned and nothing, especially a man, was going to get in her way... or so she thought. However, she never expected that she would be kidnapped in her own car. Suddenly, she finds herself trapped with a desperate man on a mission... What follows is a seductive and passionate journey across country, as Kate faces the harsh reality that everything she thought she wanted in life, had now changed.
Categories: Fiction

The Seduction

The Seduction

'A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession' Mail on Sunday 'An addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel' Guardian 'This is seduction of the most insidious kind' Spectator

Author: Joanna Briscoe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408873526

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 384

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'Addictive' Guardian 'A febrile, urgent tale' Sunday Times 'A sizzling new thriller' New York Times She knows your mind, she possesses your thoughts. What will she take next? 'I think I can help you...' Beth lives by Camden Lock with her partner Sol and their daughter Fern. Life is peaceful, but Beth is troubled by increasing unease. So she goes to therapy – with Dr Tamara Bywater. Soon their sessions become the highlight of Beth's week. But Beth is in over her head before she realises that Tamara might not be all she seems... 'A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession' Mail on Sunday 'An addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel' Guardian 'This is seduction of the most insidious kind' Spectator
Categories: Family & Relationships

The Seduction of Keira

The Seduction of Keira

Author: Emma Darcy

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: 0783812426

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

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Categories: Fiction

Chinese Theories of Fiction

Chinese Theories of Fiction

A brief survey of the other three great novels tells us that no other episode in the previous novels could match the chosen episode in vivid description of familial conflicts, man-woman relationships, seduction, and adultery.

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Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791481486

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Miseducation the Page and the Stage

Miseducation  the Page  and the Stage

The ideal novel-reader is a private individual intellectually detached and grounded in reality, while the theater-goer is susceptible to sensuality, loss of individual identity, the passions. The theater seduces, but the novel only teaches.

Author: Jennifer Jaworek

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:828864033

Category:

Page: 148

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In the preface of the inaugural issue of The Dramatic Mirror and Literary Companion, "the Author" calls for Americans to emulate England's respect for drama: In England dramatic history is a portion of its literature, identified with its interests, linked to its destiny, and associated with the proudest names in the highest walks of learning and science, who deemed it no disgrace, not only to indite plays but make them the subject of learned criticisms, in fact all their productions show a striking partiality for the welfare of the drama (The Author. The Dramatic Mirror and Literary Companion 1. 1:1). The assumed alliance between literature and theater belies the fact that both were considered morally suspicious activities and raised concerns of immersion into a fictional world of excited sensations. Literature and theater frequently justified themselves with claims of edification; one reads novels and views plays, not for entertainment, but to learn.^The Dramatic Mirror and Literary Companion insists that the theater has moral potential and responsibility, but in the 19th century, the theater was still associated with prostitution and transgressions of class, race, and gender boundaries. The Dramatic Mirror's emphasis on the moral wholesomeness of particular plays, its frequent call for a renewed American theater, and criticisms of immodest behavior in theaters (e. g., throwing wreaths and flowers, and the excessive use of standing ovations) in subsequent issues demonstrate the periodical's preoccupation with convincing a skeptical audience of the theater's moral worth. Literature did not welcome the camaraderie with the theater that The Dramatic Mirror suggests, despite the intertwining of literary and theatrical spheres; the novel often sought identification with middle class moral standards by contrasting itself with theater. Seduction, the passions, and the body threaten to derail education and lead to moral ruin.^Critics of fiction claimed the same threats existed in novel-reading, which literature projects onto the theater as a means of identifying fictional genres with education. The ideal novel-reader is a private individual intellectually detached and grounded in reality, while the theater-goer is susceptible to sensuality, loss of individual identity, the passions. The theater seduces, but the novel only teaches. Actresses often appear in novels as figures of seduction, violent emotion, and moral corruption; they are inevitably fallen women and examples of lost innocence, especially in the didactic genre of the morality tale. The Bildungsroman came to dominate the novelistic form, but in the early 19th century, the morality tale was a staple of children's education, particularly young girls'.^While the Bildungsroman illustrates the hero's education through lived experience, the morality tale strives to educate the reader through vicarious experience, providing a cautionary example of the characters' failed education. This thesis examines performance, deception, and seduction in relation to education. Kierkegaard's claim that seduction and education belong to the same movement, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Bildungsroman/educational treatise Emile will provide a theoretical context for examining nineteenth century fiction's complex relationship to performativity, the passions, the body, seduction, and education, particularly the education of women. Female education typically consisted of preparation for marriage and motherhood, as well as a few "pretty" accomplishments such as playing the piano or sketching. The ideal woman was not worldly or virtuous, but innocent and pleasant, suitable for the domestically-bound roles of wife, hostess, and mother.^Even in this construction, however, female education is entwined with performance, desire and the passions, since she is educated to be an attractive partner for a man. For example, Rousseau bans art from Emile's education until adolescence, but the stage plays a crucial role in the education of Sophie, an education directed towards molding Sophie into the proper object of Emile's desire. The novel also introduced further complications regarding female education, since many women gained an informal education through reading fiction. Women's informal education was also tied to the passions and imagination; the novel readership was largely female, and many of the anxieties surrounding the harmful effects of novel-reading are also anxieties about the state of women's education and the possibility of corrupting their innocence through their excessive, sensual interest in fiction. If the novel teaches, it also threatens to seduce.^Marriage is the typical frame of the female Bildungsroman; the woman's education is intimately tied to her experience of romantic love, and the proper husband is also the proper tutor. In the morality tale, the improper lover serves as a tutor of vice, corrupting the woman's innocence and introducing her to the passions without the knowledge necessary to control them. Susanna Rowson's extremely popular novel Charlotte Temple, however, illustrates the dangers of such a limited education. Many girls' academies, including Rowson's Young Ladies Academy, were established in the early 19th century, indicating more serious interest and concern for formal female education. The literature includes seduction narratives and morality tales: Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple, and less widely read novels including Margaret Blount's Clifford and the Actress, Barry St. Leger's Mabel the Actress, and Richard Penn Smith's The Actress of Padua and Other Tales.^These lesser-known narratives are also concerned with education and seduction, particularly the seduction that leads the actress to the stage to become a seductress herself, and later, her education through an impossible love interest. All of these narratives pivot on the actress' rejection of the stage for romantic love, at which point she transforms from a potentially violent and morally questionable character into a noble, self-sacrificing heroine. The actress is denied the typical female Bildungsroman of education through marriage, and receives only a negative education of the virtue she has already lost. Such an education of what must be denied the fallen woman indicates an anxiety over the ability of the arts to teach without also corrupting; if the novel also seduces and excites the passions, it threatens to morally corrupt the reader, rendering useless the instruction in virtue it might provide.^The morality tale's didactic effectiveness depends on its preemptive intervention, providing an example that does not amount to a real experience of vice. Theatrical publications such as The Dramatic Mirror and Literary Companion will provide theater's attempts to appeal to middle class morality and claim theater's educational benefits. "The Seducer's Diary" from Kierkegaard's Either/Or is important for contrasting the male seducer/aesthete with the seductress/aesthetic object of the actress in other narratives; Kierkegaard's seducer also functions to seduce the reader, so that the Judge in the second part may counter the errors into which the aesthete's narrative lures the reader. Susanna Rowson's academy and nineteenth century writings on female education will also be addressed and considered in reference to Rousseau's Emile.
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Story and Situation

Story and Situation

In each of these stories, the author identifies the narrative situation by recourse to the metaphor of seduction, a phenomenon Chambers finds characteristic of literary production in the modern period.

Author: Ross Chambers

Publisher:

ISBN: 0719014514

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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Categories: Fiction