A Rhetoric of the Unreal: Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic

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CUP Archive, Aug 31, 1983 - Literary Criticism - 456 pages
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This 1981 book is a study of wide range of fiction, from short stories to tales of horror, from fairy-tales and romances to science fiction, to which the rather loose term 'fantastic' has been applied. Cutting across this wide field, Professor Brooke-Rose examines in a clear and precise way the essential differences between these types of narrative against the background of realistic fiction. In doing so, she employs many of the methods of modern literary theory from Russian formalism to structuralism, while at the same time bringing to these approaches a sharp critical intuition and sound common sense of her own. The range of texts considered is broad: from Poe and James to Tolkien; from Flann O'Brien to the American postmodernism. This book should prove a source of stimulation to all teachers and students of modern literary theory and genre, as well as those interested in 'fantastic' literature.
 

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Contents

The rhetoric
12
Science fiction and realistic fiction
72
The encoded reader
105
mirror structures as basic structures
158
The surface structures in The Turn of the Screw
188
realism and the marvellous
233
the new science fiction
256
RobbeGrillet
291
Transgressions
311
Eximplosions
339
a simpler
364
Notes
390
Bibliography
417
Index
433
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