The Rhetoric of Modernist Fiction

Despite a revision some two decades after its first publication, the book continues to strike many readers as outdated in its choices of authors and texts.

Author: Morton Levitt

Publisher: Upne

ISBN: 1584651229

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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A wide-ranging response to The Rhetoric of Fiction. Though it has been one of the most influential critical works of the last fifty years, Wayne Booth's The Rhetoric of Fiction has disappointed many readers in its treatment of modernism. Despite Booth's astute and influential readings of earlier novels, his system shed little light on the experiments in point of view that characterize many more recent works. Despite a revision some two decades after its first publication, the book continues to strike many readers as outdated in its choices of authors and texts.

Who Says Mastering Point of View in Fiction

But I would contend that when it comes to point of view in fiction, consistency is
critical. Many of the missteps in early drafts of writing come as a result of an
unjustifiable instability in point of view. This is not to say that a work of fiction can't
have ...

Author: Lisa Zeidner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393356120

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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A thorough, illuminating, and entertaining guide to crafting point of view, a fiction writer’s most essential choice. Who is telling the story to whom is the single most important question about any work of fiction; the answer is central to everything from style and tone to plot and pacing. Using hundreds of examples from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leo Tolstoy to Stephen King, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner dives deep into the points of view we are most familiar with—first and third person—and moves beyond to second-person narration, frame tales, and even animal points of view. Engaging and accessible, Who Says? presents any practicing writer with a new system for choosing a point of view, experimenting with how it determines the narrative, and applying these ideas to revision.

Fictional Points of View

A fictional character is a set of properties identified by descriptions under the
conventions of storytelling ( that is , in an author's use ) . This definition derives
from an external perspective — from our point of view in the real world . From an
 ...

Author: Peter Lamarque

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801432162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Fictional Points of View, Lamarque offers new examinations of fundamental concepts in the philosophy of literature and criticism. He questions the nature of a fictional character and the relation of fiction to reality. He ask whether truth exists in literature and whether "works" or "texts" have logical priority. The volume focuses on a wide range of thinkers, including Iris Murdoch on truth and art, Stanley Cavell on tragedy, Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault on "the death of the author," and Kendall Walton on fearing fictions. Also included is a consideration of the fifteenth-century Japanese playwright and drama teacher Zeami Motokiyo, the founding father of Noh theather. Lamarque demonstrates a careful analytical methodology and clear language, reflecting his conviction that obfuscation is inimical to humanistic study.

Deep Point of View

Then you need deep POV. Deep POV takes the reader and places them inside of our characters-hearing their thoughts, feeling their emotions, and living the story through them.

Author: Marcy Kennedy

Publisher: Tongue Untied Communications

ISBN: 1988069041

Category:

Page: 158

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Do you want readers to be so caught up in your book that they forget they're reading? Then you need deep POV. Deep POV takes the reader and places them inside of our characters-hearing their thoughts, feeling their emotions, and living the story through them. Compared to other writing styles, it builds a stronger emotional connection between the reader and our characters, creates the feeling of a faster pace, and helps avoid point-of-view errors and telling rather than showing. In "Deep Point of View," writing instructor and fiction editor Marcy Kennedy brings her years of experience into showing you how to write deep POV. You'll learn specific, practical things you can do immediately to take your fiction to the next level. Each book in the "Busy Writer's Guide" series is intended to give you enough theory so that you can understand why things work and why they don't, but also enough examples to see how that theory looks in practice. In addition, they provide tips and exercises to help you take it to the pages of your own story, with an editor's-eye view. Most importantly, they cut the fluff so that you have more time to write and to live your life.

The Discovery of Point of View

This book explores the reasons for this development, drawing on Niklas Luhmann's theory of second-order observation and the historical changes in visuality and spectatorship.

Author: Martin Klepper

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: 3825358542

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 419

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The nineteenth century, like no century before or after, witnessed a revolution in narrative devices differentiating perspective and focalization. While narratives of the 1790s were all but dominated by either strictly authorial, confessional or epistolary formats, the entire gamut of modernist techniques had evolved by 1910: interior focalization, figuralization and reflectorization, stream of consciousness, unreliable narration, the dual voice. This book explores the reasons for this development, drawing on Niklas Luhmann's theory of second-order observation and the historical changes in visuality and spectatorship. It historicizes the emergence of point of view as a central narrative technique and as theoretical concept in literature, but also in philosophy, physiology, optics, psychology and sociology. From the rise of the novel in England it traces the sources and modes of complex literary perspectives through Romanticism and the American Renaissance to the modernist novels of Henry James.

Writing Great Fiction

What happens in a story depends in large part on who tells it. The three-part unit on point of view begins with a quick tour of the major points of view, from the third-person omniscient to the subjective first person.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1181863115

Category: Literature

Page:

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What happens in a story depends in large part on who tells it. The three-part unit on point of view begins with a quick tour of the major points of view, from the third-person omniscient to the subjective first person. You'll also see how point of view is linked to time. As it turns out, when a story is told matters just as much as who tells it.

Reading Fiction

In an objective narrative the author is not parading— in his own or a narrator's
person—his knowledge of human nature.” Of the problem of the point of view in
fiction, two general observations need to be made. In the first place, you should
not ...

Author: Fred Benjamin Millett

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B29760

Category: Fiction

Page: 269

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American Fiction

he claimed : " The whole intricate question of method , in the craft of fiction , I take
to be governed by the question of the point of view — the question of the relation
in which the narrator stands to the story . " . Since then , handling of the point of ...

Author: Saran Bihari Mathur

Publisher: New Delhi : Arnold-Heinemann Publishers (India)

ISBN: UCAL:B3160795

Category: American fiction

Page: 128

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Creating Literary Stories

An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn the following: Character Narration Structure Dialogue Point of view Writing in scene Drama (conflict-action-resolution) Humor Revision

Author: William H. Coles

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781504979153

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

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An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn the following: Character Narration Structure Dialogue Point of view Writing in scene Drama (conflict-action-resolution) Humor Revision

The Meaning of Fiction

Stendhal ' s irony or Jane Austen ' s could never do . This irony is an irony of point
of view , ironic in that it has the whole novel qualify Emma . Flaubert ' s irony
differs in its detachment from , say , Jane Austen ' s . Her irony sets up directly ,
with ...

Author: Albert Cook

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015003982454

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

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The choice of a novelist's style, plot, character, and theme are discussed, and many famous novels are re-interpreted.

Understanding Literature

Although the kind of narrator may determine what points of view are possible in
prose fiction, the choices and uses of point of view are still quite varied. Although
a first-person narrator seems limited only to that character/ narrator's perspective,
 ...

Author: Walter B. Kalaidjian

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618084924

Category: Psychology

Page: 2284

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Understanding Literature is an innovative anthology and technology package representing the next generation of literary pedagogy for introduction to literature and literature for composition courses. Built on a balanced foundation of canonical and nontraditional reading selections, this text includes discussions of the formal literary elements--and then goes a step further to integrate relevant and accessible coverage of contemporary criticism within each genre. This unique, integrated coverage of contemporary critical approaches (such as feminist theory, psychoanalytic theory, and postcolonial theory) offers students a richer, more engaging introduction to reading critically and writing about literature. Other anthologies offer minimal theoretical coverage in a separate chapter or appendix, typically sidestepping the larger issues the theories raise.The integrated technology package, complete with CD-ROM and accompanying web site, takes advantage of multimedia resources to enhance the study of literature with visual aids, audio and video files, additional primary and secondary texts, and other materials that help place literature within the broader contexts of history and culture. Engaging, creative table of contents balances familiar authors and literary works with more adventurous and diverse selections, exposing students to a broad range of literature and providing instructors with great flexibility in designing their courses.Critical Perspectives offer concise, insightful discussions of how literary and cultural theories are used to explore meaning in literature. Throughout the anthology casebooks, excerpts from classic and contemporary critical essays, and in-textdiscussions offer students accessible yet critical perspectives into how literary theory can facilitate a deeper understanding of literary texts. The fiction and drama sections feature brief in-text discussions and excerpts from literary critics. Critical Perspectives can also be used as a springboard for class discussion and writing.In-depth treatment of Featured Writers in each section allows more focused study of a single writer. This feature includes multiple reading selections showing the range of the writer' s work, more extensive biographical information, and additional materials on the CD-ROM and web site. Writers highlighted include James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, John Keats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, and William Shakespeare.Two unique interdisciplinary chapters (The Beat Movement and Performative Poetics) focus on the spoken and performed aspects of literature. Coverage includes several works from key writers in both movements as well as discussions of how these movements use a mixture of media--language, film, jazz, photography, and art--to showcase their work and provide social and political commentary.Unique poetry casebooks allow students to explore certain themes or topics in depth, such as Poetry and Social Activism Between the Wars, Poetry, Trauma, and Testimony: Holocaust Verses, Postmodern Poetics, Chicano/a Poetry, and Native American Poetry.Emphasis on cultural perspectives reflects the increased desire to view the study of literature through the lens of culture. Reading selections, section introductions, questions for discussion, writing assignments, and other apparatus encourage students to view literature from differentcultural perspectives.Thorough coverage of reading and writing about literature shows students how to read each genre and craft effective essays. Annotated student papers serve as models of good student writing, and a separate section teaches students how to conduct research and incorporate other sources into their writing.An abundance of visual text--such as photos, art, and drawings--help students place literary works in broader contexts.

A Primer of the Novel

Booth objects mainly to the degree of lack of control over the reader ' s moral
responses , for surely the writer herself is not as undecided as her novel seems to
be . In novels in which several points of view are separately , and still objectively
 ...

Author: David Madden

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114416527

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre.

Essentials of the Theory of Fiction

This third edition of the bestselling 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.

Author: Michael J. Hoffman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822386599

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 520

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What accounts for the power of stories to both entertain and illuminate? This question has long compelled the attention of storytellers and students of literature alike, and over the past several decades it has opened up broader dialogues about the nature of culture and interpretation. This third edition of the bestselling 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. It offers a sample of major theories of fictional technique while emphasizing recent developments in literary criticism. The essays cover a variety of topics, including voice, point of view, narration, sequencing, gender, and race. Ten new selections address issues such as oral memory in African American fiction, temporality, queer theory, magical realism, interactive narratives, and the effect of virtual technologies on literature. For students and generalists alike, Essentials of the Theory of Fiction is an invaluable resource for understanding how fiction works. Contributors. M. M. Bakhtin, John Barth, Roland Barthes, Wayne Booth, John Brenkman, Peter Brooks, Catherine Burgass, Seymour Chatman, J. Yellowlees Douglas, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Wendy B. Faris, Barbara Foley, E. M. Forster, Joseph Frank, Joanne S. Frye, William H. Gass, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gérard Genette, Ursula K. Heise, Michael J. Hoffman, Linda Hutcheon, Henry James, Susan S. Lanser, Helen Lock, Georg Lukács, Patrick D. Murphy, Ruth Ronen, Joseph Tabbi, Jon Thiem, Tzvetan Todorov, Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View

This book brings together Virginia Woolf's essays and book reviews on Russian literature; her unpublished reading notes on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Turgenev; and new and insightful scholarly commentary concerning her response to ...

Author: R. Rubenstein

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230100558

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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This book brings together Virginia Woolf's essays and book reviews on Russian literature; her unpublished reading notes on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Turgenev; and new and insightful scholarly commentary concerning her response to each of the major Russian writers.

Four Modes a Rhetoric of Modern Fiction

Instead , point of view in fiction's dramatic mode strives for the illusion of
objectivity one sees in actual drama , wherein the author's persona or mask is
eliminated and the characters in the plot simply speak and act without narrative
mediation .

Author:

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN: PSU:000029135455

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 526

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Pt. 1: Hiawatha's Fasting / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ; Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County / Samuel L. Clemens ; Frankie and Johnny / Anonymous ; Good man is hard to find / Flannery O'Connor ; Ice Palace / F. Scott Fitzgerald ; Spotted Horses / William Faulkner ; Oral Heritage of Written Narrative / Scholes & Kellogg ; Pt. 2: Legend of Sleepy Hollow / Washington Irving ; Hollow of the three hills / Nathaniel Hawthorne ; My Kinsman, Major Molineux / Nathaniel Hawthorne ; Real Thing / Henry James ; Secret Room / Alain Robbie-Grillet ; Fall of the house of Usher / Edgar Allan Poe ; Blackberry Winner / Robert Penn Warren ; Pictorialism in Henry James's Theory of the novel / Viola Hopkins Winner Pt. 3: To Build a Fire / Jack London ; Chrysanthemums / John Steinbeck ; Three day blow / Ernest Hemingway / Health Card / Frank Yerby ; Condor and the Guests / Evan S. Connell, Jr. ; Toward a Formalist Criticism of Fiction / William Handy Pt. 4: Silent Snow, Secret Snow / Conrad Aiken ; Araby / James Joyce ; Portrait in Georgia / Jean Toomer ; Blood-Burning Moon / Jean Toomer ; Happy Marriage / R.V. Cassill ; In the heart of the heart of the country / William H. Gass ; Nature and Forms of the lyrical novel/ Ralph Freedman Pt. 5 Adventure / Sherwood Anderson ; Night-sea Journey / John Barth ; Robert Kennedy saved from drowning / Donald Barthelme ; Bride comes to yellow sky / Stephen Crane ; Hint of an Explanation / Graham Greene ; Outcasts of Poker Flat / Bret Harte ; Haircut / Ring Lardner / Odour of Chrysanthemums / D.H. Lawrence ; Jockey / Carson McCullerrs ; Marriage a la Mode / Katherine Mansfield ; Molesters / Joyce Carol Oates ; Don't call me by my right name / James Purdy ; Gimpel the fool / Isaac Bashevis Singer ; Navy Black / John A. Williams ; Kew Gardens / Virginia Woolf.

Reading and Responding to Literature

CHAPTER 10 Point of View and Tone POINT OF VIEW Point of View in Fiction M
any authors adopt a persona or a mask – they select a voice ... Point of view is
the particular voice , angle of vision , or perspective from which the work is told .

Author: SuzAnne Cole

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 0155755013

Category: Literature

Page: 328

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This book "will show you that there is pleasure in reading a poem, play, or prose work, and how to freely react to literature - to form opinions, express feelings, and relate the art to your own life."--Preface.

An Introduction to Fiction

Some stories that might lend themselves well to this assignment are " Sonny's
Blues , ” " Cathedral , " " The Tell - Tale Heart , " and " Teenage Wasteland . "
MORE TOPICS FOR WRITING 1. Retell the events in “ A & P ” from the point of
view of ...

Author: X. J. Kennedy

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: UOM:39076002659097

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 743

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Kennedy/Gioia'sAn Introduction to Fiction, 10econtinues to inspire readers and writers with a rich collection of fiction and engaging insights on reading, analyzing, and writing about stories. This bestselling anthology includes sixty-six superlative short stories, blending classic works and contemporary selections. Written by noted poets X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, the text reflects the authors' wit and contagious enthusiasm for their subject. Informative, accessible apparatus presents readable discussions of the literary devices, illustrated by apt works, and supported by interludes with the anthologized writers. This edition features 11 new stories, three new masterwork casebooks, extensively revised and expanded chapters on writing, and a fresh new design. New students of fiction.

Fundamentals of Fiction

Although mixed points of view are more common in longer works of fiction ,
especially in novels , there are no restrictions on how writers can employ and mix
points of view in their works . The point to keep in mind is that good writers will
make ...

Author: Earl J. Wilcox

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: PSU:000029112913

Category: Short story

Page: 242

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