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The Rhetoric of Fiction by Wayne C.

Booth

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Original Title: The Rhetoric of Fiction


ISBN: 0226065588
ISBN13: 9780226065588
Autor: Wayne C. Booth
Rating: 3.2 of 5 stars (4773) counts
Original Format: Paperback, 457 pages
Download Format: PDF, DJVU, iBook, MP3.
Published: February 15th 1983 / by University Of Chicago Press / (first published 1960)
Language: English
Genre(s):
Language >Writing- 41 users
Nonfiction- 35 users
Criticism >Literary Criticism- 24 users
Philosophy >Theory- 17 users
Criticism- 11 users

Description:

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 termssuch 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 yearstwo decades that Booth describes as "the richest in the history of the subject."

About Author:

Other Editions:
- The Rhetoric Of Fiction (Unknown Binding)

- The Rhetoric of Fiction (Kindle Edition)

- Kurmacann Retorii (Paperback)


- The Rhetoric Of Fiction (Paperback)

- Retorica della narrativa (Paperback)

Books By Author:

- The Craft of Research (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)


- The Rhetoric of Rhetoric

- The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction

- A Rhetoric of Irony

- Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent

Books In The Series:

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- The World Within the Word

- Narrative Discourse

- For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction

- Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film


- Anatomy of Criticism

- Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative

- The Writer on Her Work

- The Oranging of America and Other Stories


- Advertisements for Myself

- The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

- Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

- Kaspar and Other Plays


- Aspects of the Novel

- The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor

- A Rhetoric of Motives

- Nog
- The Blood Oranges

- The Theory of the Novel

Rewiews:

Aug 07, 2016


Paul Bryant
Rated it: really liked it
Shelves: litcrit

I read this some years ago and it was completely impressive, all about tellin' and showin' and
modernism wishing to drive out the author's voice and very not reliable narrators and four kinds of
realism and Henry James and how tears and laughter are aesthetically frauds, god damn them to
hell.
Years later when I thought of this book a little something popped into my head. I saw a scarecrow
in a field - peering closer I saw he had my face... and he was grinning glassily and... singing.

I could wh

I read this some years ago and it was completely impressive, all about tellin' and showin' and
modernism wishing to drive out the author's voice and very not reliable narrators and four kinds of
realism and Henry James and how tears and laughter are aesthetically frauds, god damn them to
hell.

Years later when I thought of this book a little something popped into my head. I saw a scarecrow
in a field - peering closer I saw he had my face... and he was grinning glassily and... singing.

I could while away the hours


Re-reading Richard Powers
Or maybe Gertrude Stain
And my head I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
If I only had a brain

I'd unravel any riddle


of modernistic piddle
while commutin' on a train
And my thoughts would be dancin'
I could be another Franzen!
If I only had a brain

I could entertain the missus


With tales of brave Ulysses
Or even James M. Cain
I would formulate the pieces
Of my throbbing mighty thesis
If I only had a brain

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