Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative

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Harvard University Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 363 pages
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A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life.
 

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Contents

Reading for the Plot
3
Narrative Desire
37
The Novel and the Guillotine or Fathers and Sons in Le Rouge et le noir
62
A Model for Narrative
90
The Plotting of Great Expectations
113
Prostitution Serialization and Narrative
143
Retrospective Lust or Flauberts Perversities
171
Narrative Transaction and Transference
216
Conrads Heart of Darkness
238
Freud and Narrative Understanding
264
Absalom Absalom
286
Endgames and the Study of Plot
313
Notes
325
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Peter Brooks is Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University.

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