Understanding Fiction

The chapter highlights such authors as Mark Twain, Jean Rhys, Carl Van Vechten, Chester Himes, Nicole Brossard, and W.S. Penn Chapter 19, "Writing Communities: The Beats," adapted from "The Beats" inter-genre chapter in the parent text, ...

Author: Judith Roof

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 0618386327

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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An intelligent, relevant, and lively new introduction to fiction builds on the success of its parent text, Understanding Literature. With accessible discussions of historical and cultural contexts and critical approaches, biographical information, and a stimulating table of contents, Understanding Fiction offers instructors and students an innovative option in anthologies. Accompanied by the Understanding Literature CD-ROM and Web Site, Understanding Fiction enriches the reading experience, enhances critical thinking, and promotes mastery in writing about fiction. Well-balanced selections juxtapose canonical authors with new voices not often anthologized and focus particular attention on ethnically diverse writers. Complete coverage of formal elements ensures that students understand such basics as character analysis, setting, point of view, plot, and narration. Extensive writing guidance teaches students how to write critically about literature in general and about fiction in particular, and includes instruction on writing a research paper. Unique, integrated, and accessible treatment of critical approaches enriches the course with more complex tools of literary study to help students develop insights and explore meaning in literature. A wealth of visual texts—including a color insert—enriches the study of literature with related photographs and works of art and provides lively new contexts in which students can view authors, artistic movements, and cultural developments. Chapter 17, "Fiction Across Media: Film," compares how stories are constructed in print and in film and includes a case study analysis of the print and film versions of Julio Cortazar's "Blow Up." Unique Chapter 18, "The Limits of Fiction: Autobiography" discusses how autobiography's combination of fact, memory, and opinion can fall between fiction and nonfiction writing. The chapter highlights such authors as Mark Twain, Jean Rhys, Carl Van Vechten, Chester Himes, Nicole Brossard, and W.S. Penn Chapter 19, "Writing Communities: The Beats," adapted from "The Beats" inter-genre chapter in the parent text, retains a short story by William S. Burroughs and adds selections from Diane di Prima and Jack Kerouac.

Understanding Fiction

In Understanding Fiction we find gentle regret for time spent dabbling, time spent away from the work that should rightfully claim our passion.

Author: Henry Taylor

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 080712110X

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

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In his first poetry collection since winning the Pulitzer Price for The Flying Change, Henry Taylor beautifully renders the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and vocation. Often using the craft of writing as a metaphor for the examined life, Taylor explores with wry wisdom the slow-dawning awareness of our evanescence. In Understanding Fiction we find gentle regret for time spent dabbling, time spent away from the work that should rightfully claim our passion. Indeed, to understand the fictions with which we cloak our endeavors is ultimately to make what peace we can with the "consequences of ignorant choices".

Understanding Novels

What they ultimately reveal is that “women's” issues simply form one thread of the
broader issues that make up fiction. Atwood's Booker-winning The BlindAssassin
(2000), for example, plays with multiple narrative frames, with novels within ...

Author: Thomas C. Foster

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408111062

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction

'This is storytelling at its best, with fast-paced action, gritty realism, powerful characters, magic and romance' - Romantic Times.'Epic storytelling on a par with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan' - Library Journal.

Author: Darren Harris-Fain

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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The acclaimed international bestseller in a fresh new jacket.Axis has fled to Talon Spike, the home of the Icarii, where he must learn to wield his Enchanter powers to fulfil the Prophecy. Somehow he must lead the Icarii and the Avar back into Achar, defeat his half-brother, Borneheld, and reunite the former kingdom of Tencendor under his rule.Meanwhile, Gorgrael waits impatiently for winter, to continue his destructive drive into the heart of Achar.Douglass skilfully moves her characters through this fantastic world where family ties can be deadly and love does not always conquer all.'.Sara Douglass makes her mark with this vivid, gritty saga brimming with treachery, action, bravery, and dark magic' - Elizabeth Haydon, author of Destiny.'This is storytelling at its best, with fast-paced action, gritty realism, powerful characters, magic and romance' - Romantic Times.'Epic storytelling on a par with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan' - Library Journal.

Varieties of Understanding

Literary belief will extend only to belief in fiction, and so is not relevant beyond
the work. ... Imaginative Experiences in Our Engagement with Fictional Narratives
,” in Daiber et al., Understanding Fiction, 81–95, here 91; Currie, “Creativity,” 44.

Author: Stephen R. Grimm

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190860981

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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What does it mean to understand something? What is the essence of understanding, when compared across multiple domains? Varieties of Understanding offers new and original work on the nature of understanding, raising questions about what understanding looks like from different perspectives and exploring how ordinary people use the notion of understanding. According to a long historical tradition, understanding comes in different varieties. In particular, it is said that understanding people has a different epistemic profile than understanding the natural world-that it calls on different cognitive resources and brings to bear distinctive normative considerations. Thus, in order to understand people we might need to appreciate, or in some way sympathetically reconstruct, the reasons that led a person to act in a certain way. By comparison, when it comes to understanding natural events, like earthquakes or eclipses, no appreciation of reasons or acts of sympathetic reconstruction is arguably needed-mainly because there are no reasons on the scene to even be appreciated, and no perspectives to be sympathetically pieced together. This volume brings together some of the world's leading philosophers, psychologists, and theologians in order to shed light on the various ways in which we understand the world, pushing debates on this issue to new levels of sophistication and insight.

Understanding Love

A unique and interdisciplinary collection in which scholars from Philosophy join those from Film Studies, English, and Comparative Literature to explore the nature and limits of love through in-depth reflection on particular works of ...

Author: Susan Wolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195384505

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 397

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A unique and interdisciplinary collection in which scholars from Philosophy join those from Film Studies, English, and Comparative Literature to explore the nature and limits of love through in-depth reflection on particular works of literature and film.

The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination

Examples of contemporary postulations include (a) that pretense is a precursor to
understanding fiction (Harris, 2000), (b) that engagement with paintings, novels,
films, and children's games has its root in the representational capacity to make ...

Author: Anna Abraham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108429245

Category: Psychology

Page: 862

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The human imagination manifests in countless different forms. We imagine the possible and the impossible. How do we do this so effortlessly? Why did the capacity for imagination evolve and manifest with undeniably manifold complexity uniquely in human beings? This handbook reflects on such questions by collecting perspectives on imagination from leading experts. It showcases a rich and detailed analysis on how the imagination is understood across several disciplines of study, including anthropology, archaeology, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and the arts. An integrated theoretical-empirical-applied picture of the field is presented, which stands to inform researchers, students, and practitioners about the issues of relevance across the board when considering the imagination. With each chapter, the nature of human imagination is examined - what it entails, how it evolved, and why it singularly defines us as a species.

Other Destinies

This first book-length critical analysis of the full range of novels written between 1854 and today by American Indian authors takes as its theme the search for self-discovery and cultural recovery.

Author: Louis Owens

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806126736

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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This first book-length critical analysis of the full range of novels written between 1854 and today by American Indian authors takes as its theme the search for self-discovery and cultural recovery. In his introduction, Louis Owens places the novels in context by considering their relationships to traditional American Indian oral literature as well as their differences from mainstream Euroamerican literature. In the following chapters he looks at the novels of John Rollin Ridge, Mourning Dove, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Gerald Vizenor. These authors are mixedbloods who, in their writing, try to come to terms with the marginalization both of mixed-bloods and fullbloods and of their cultures in American society. Their novels are complex and sophisticated narratives of cultural survival - and survival guides for fullbloods and mixedbloods in modern America. Rejecting the stereotypes and cliches long attached to the word Indian, they appropriate and adapt the colonizers language, English, to describe the Indian experience. These novels embody the American Indian point of view; the non-Indian is required to assume the role of "other". In his analysis Owens draws on a broad range of literary theory: myth and folklore, structuralism, modernism, poststructuralism, and, particularly, postmodernism. At the same time he argues that although recent American Indian fiction incorporates a number of significant elements often identified with postmodern writing, it contradicts the primary impulse of postmodernism. That is, instead of celebrating fragmentation, ephemerality, and chaos, these authors insistupon a cultural center that is intact and recoverable, upon immutable values and ecological truths. Other Destinies provides a new critical approach to novels by American Indians. It also offers a comprehensive introduction to the novels, helping teachers bring this important fiction to the classroom.

Emotion Fiction and Rationality

In explaining the appreciation of fiction , philosophers address the data in
psychology on how we understand other people ' s ... understanding character ' s
mental states and predicting their behavior are important part of understanding
fiction .

Author: Jinhee Choi

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89070533112

Category:

Page: 382

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Understanding Ourselves

... Structure 113 Emma Lee Warrior , “ The Enemy ' s Eyes ” 113 READING TO
WRITE Understanding Poetry : Paradox 114 Louise Erdrich , “ The Red
Convertible ” 115 READING TO WRITE Understanding Fiction : Foreshadowing
123 George ...

Author: Ellen Andrews Knodt

Publisher: HarperCollins College

ISBN: 0673992365

Category: College readers

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Understanding Ian McEwan

This is a discussion of the work of one of Britain's most highly regarded novelists and the winner of the 1998 Booker Prize.

Author: David Malcolm

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570034362

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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This is a discussion of the work of one of Britain's most highly regarded novelists and the winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. David Malcolm places Ian McEwan's work in the context of British literature's particular dynamism in the last decades of the 20th century. He also examines McEwan's relationship to feminism, concern with rationalism and science, use of moral perspective, and proclivity toward fragmentation.

Partition and Indian English Fiction

Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren , Understanding Fiction ( New Jersey :
Prentice - hall , inc . , 1979 ) 510 . 16 . Quoted in Ania Loomba , Colonialism /
Postcolonialism ( London and New York : Routledge , 1979 ) 190 . B . S . Naikar ...

Author: N. S. Gundur

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105129023094

Category: India

Page: 265

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The 1947 partition of Indian subcontinent was a political problem and a human problem as well. Historical narratives document the political side of its whereas fictional ones narrate human experience of the ordeal. While humanizing history, the fictional narratives try to recreate totality of the holocaust. Based on this line of argument the present book critically examines the Indian English Novels on Partition. By relating the political history of the 'great divide' to the novelistic representation, the present study places the partition novels in the genre of political fiction. Further more it offers critical insights into Partition Narratives by exploring the thematic concerns and techniques of the novels under study. The critical acumen combined with historical interpretation and aesthetic evaluation makes it a reference book not only for the students of literature but also for the interested in Indian history.

American Women Fiction Writers 1900 1960

Now we understand the significance of the three - legged stool — as old as the
tripod of the Delphic oracle , as new as the ... ( Cleanth Brooks and Robert
Warren , Understanding Fiction , 1959 , 76 ) , Shirley Jackson has raised these
lesser ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 0791044815

Category: Fiction

Page: 173

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Provides a brief profile of each author and selections from literary criticism of each author's major works

Understanding Lorrie Moore

This book shows that Moore's virtuosic prose, wry humor, and sense of irony are tools for registering how Americans face the discomfort of their daily lives as individuals and as a nation.

Author: Alison Kelly

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570038236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

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The recipient of the 1998 O Henry Award and the 2004 Rea Award for the Short Story, Lorrie Moore is best known for her short fiction. This book shows that Moore's virtuosic prose, wry humor, and sense of irony are tools for registering how Americans face the discomfort of their daily lives as individuals and as a nation.