The Rhetoric of Fiction

Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226065596
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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."

The Rhetoric of RHETORIC

Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470765828
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In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely. Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961). Explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media. Investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practising a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides.

The Rhetoric of Fictionality

Author: Richard Walsh
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780814252475
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Narrative theory has always been centrally concerned with fiction, yet it has tended to treat fictions as if they were merely the framed or disowned equivalents of nonfictional narratives. A rhetorical perspective upon fictionality, however, sees it as a direct way of meaning and a distinct kind of communicative gesture. The Rhetoric of Fictionality: Narrative Theory and the Idea of Fiction by Richard Walsh argues the merit of such a perspective and demonstrates its radical implications for narrative theory. A new conception of fictionality as a distinctive rhetorical resource, somewhat like the master-trope of fictional narrative, cuts across many of the core theoretical issues in the field. The model, set out in chapter one, is subsequently tested and elaborated in relation to currently prevalent assumptions about narrativity and mimesis; narrative structure; the narrator and transmission; voice and mediacy; narrative media and cognition; and creativity, reception, and involvement. Throughout, the theoretical analysis seeks to vindicate readers' intuitions about fiction without merely restating them: the result is a forceful challenge to many of narrative theory's orthodoxies.

Coming to Terms

Author: Seymour Benjamin Chatman
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801497360
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Justins Heimkehr

Author: Bret Anthony Johnston
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406697437
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Mit psychologischem Feingefühl und sehr spannend erzählt Bret Anthony Johnston in seinem Debütroman von einer Familie unter Schock. Vor vier Jahren ist Justin Campbell, damals 12 Jahre alt, entführt worden. Seine Eltern und sein Bruder, die nie aufgehört hatten, nach ihm zu suchen, haben unterschiedliche Wege gefunden, mit diesem Erlebnis umzugehen. Wege, die die Familie eher auseinanderdriften lassen. Da wird Justin wie durch ein Wunder ganz in der Nähe entdeckt und seinem Entführer entwunden – der inzwischen 16jährige kehrt in die Familie zurück. Aber ist der Wiedergefundene nicht doch verloren? Und was geschieht mit dem Täter, der vor Gericht gestellt wird und auf „nicht schuldig“ plädieren will? Bret Anthony Johnston zeigt sich in diesem Roman als hoch begabter, raffinierter und kluger Erzähler, der glaubwürdige und faszinierende Charaktere zeichnen kann und ohne Effekthascherei ins Herz der Dinge vorstößt.

A Rhetoric of Irony

Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226065533
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Excerpts from works by Defoe, Beckett, and other writings illuminated the progresses by which individuals perceive, interpret, and communicate deliberately ironic statements in speed and writing

The Company We Keep

Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520062108
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In The Company We Keep, Wayne C. Booth argues for the relocation of ethics to the center of our engagement with literature. But the questions he asks are not confined to morality. Returning ethics to its root sense, Booth proposes that the ethical critic will be interested in any effect on the ethos, the total character or quality of tellers and listeners. Ethical criticism will risk talking about the quality of this particular encounter with this particular work. Yet it will give up the old hope for definitive judgments of "good" work and "bad." Rather it will be a conversation about many kinds of personal and social goods that fictions can serve or destroy. While not ignoring the consequences for conduct of engaging with powerful stories, it will attend to that more immediate topic, What happens to us as we read? Who am I, during the hours of reading or listening? What is the quality of the life I lead in the company of these would-be friends? Through a wide variety of periods and genres and scores of particular works, Booth pursues various metaphors for such engagements: "friendship with books," "the exchange of gifts," "the colonizing of worlds," "the constitution of commonwealths." He concludes with extended explorations of the ethical powers and potential dangers of works by Rabelais, D. H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, and Mark Twain.