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Fictional Truth

by Michael Riffaterre

  • ISBN: 9780801839344
  • ISBN10: 0801839343

Fictional Truth

by Michael Riffaterre

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1990
  • ISBN: 9780801839344
  • ISBN10: 0801839343
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Description: "All literary genres are artifacts", writes Michael Riffaterre, "but none more blatantly so than fiction. Its very name declares its artificiality, and yet it must somehow be true to hold the interest of its readers, to tell them about experiences at once imaginary and relevant to their own lives. This paradox of truth in fiction is the problem for which I propose to seek a solution."

In "Fictional Truth" Riffaterre identifies and discusses the features that give fictional narratives their ring of truth. He offers a semiotic revision of traditional narratology, sets forth a new theory of intertextual overdetermination, and presents an analysis of the manifestation of narrative content through the operations of an intertextual unconscious. Throughout, Riffaterre tests theory against close readings of fiction by such authors as Austen, Balzac, Dickens, James, Meredith, Proust, and Trollope. An introduction and glossary of terms help make this an indispensable volume for the students as well as the specialist.

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