The Rhetoric of Fiction

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 552 pages
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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."
  

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User Review  - Jeb Harrison - Goodreads

This is a tedious academic tome on historic fiction and it's "rhetorical" nature. The first half of the book is exposition, the second half is examples. Read full review

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User Review  - Florin Pitea - Goodreads

An excellent theoretical work concerning points of view in fiction and literary techniques. Recommended especially to aspiring writers. Read full review

Contents

True Novels Must Be Realistic
23
All Authors Should Be Objective
67
vii
103
Emotions Beliefs and the Read
119
Types of Narration
149
THE AUTHORS VOICE IN FICTION
167
Dramatized Narrators Reliable
211
Control of Distance in Jane Austens Emma
243
Confusion
311
Henry James
339
The Morality of Impersonal Narration
377
The Rhetoric in Fiction
401
Bibliography
459
Supplementary Bibliography 196182 by James Phelan
495
Index to the First Edition
521
Index to the Bibliographies
543

The Uses of Authorial Silence
271

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About the author (1983)

Wayne C. Booth (1921–2005) was the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction, A Rhetoric of Irony, The Power and Limits of Pluralism, The Vocation of a Teacher, and For the Love of It, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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