Reading for the plot: design and intention in narrative

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Vintage Books, 1985 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 363 pages
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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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About the author (1985)

Peter Brooks is Chester T. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University. The author of numerous articles on French and English literature as well as on narrative theory and psychoanalysis, his works include "The Novel of Worldlines" (1969), "The Melodramatic Imagination" (1976), and the widely-praised "Reading for the Plot" (1984), recently reissued. His latest book "Body Work" (1993) deals with the female body in literature, painting, and film as the object of desire.

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