Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation

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Ohio State University Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
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"How does what we know shape the ways we read? Starting from the premise that any productive theory of narrative must take into account the presuppositions the reader brings to the text, Before Reading explores how our prior knowledge of literary conventions influences the processes of interpretation and evaluation. Available again with a new introduction by James Phelan."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Narrative Conventions
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About the author (1987)

James Phelan is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the editor of the journal "Narrative" and the author of several books in narrative theory, the most recent of which are "Living to Tell About It: A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration" (2005) and "Experiencing Fiction: Judgments, Progressions, and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative" (2007).

Peter J. Rabinowitz is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College. His previous publications include "Before Reading" (1987) and "Authorizing Readers" (coauthored with Michael Smith, 1998). He is also a music critic and serves as a contributing editor of "Fanfare,"

Phelan and Rabinowitz are coeditors of the Ohio State University Press series on the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative, which now has more than twenty-five titles to its credit.

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