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Reading Novels
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Reading Novels is a unique piece of practical criticism, a comprehensive "poetics" of a genre that has not attracted a great deal of attention, at least not on this level. It is a reader's and student's guide that reaches beyond issues of individual texts and historical traditions to essential features of the form.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Openings
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Starting the Analysis
  2. pp. 15-38
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  1. 2. Space and Time
  2. pp. 39-54
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  1. Part II: Description, Character, Dialogue, and Monologue
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 3. Description
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 4. Character and Character Portraits
  2. pp. 71-86
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  1. 5. Dialogue
  2. pp. 87-103
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  1. 6. Monologue and Stream of Consciousness
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. 7. Free Indirect Discourse
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. Part III: Narrative and Narrators
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. 8. Narrative I
  2. pp. 119-130
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  1. 9. Narrative II
  2. pp. 131-147
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  1. 10. Narrators
  2. pp. 148-160
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  1. Part IV: The Language of the Text
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 11. Sentence Structure and Connection
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. 12. Verbs: Tense, Time, and Voice
  2. pp. 183-193
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  1. 13. Adjectives
  2. pp. 194-198
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  1. 14. Figures: Metaphor, Metonymy, Irony
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. 15. Words and Meanings
  2. pp. 213-221
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  1. 16. Repetition and Figures of Construction
  2. pp. 222-233
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  1. 17. Lists
  2. pp. 234-238
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  1. Part V: Endings
  2. pp. 239-240
  1. 18. Endings
  2. pp. 241-248
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  1. Checklist of Questions for the Analysis of a Passage
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Appendix 1: Film and the Novel
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. Appendix 2: Stereotype and Cliché in the Novel
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-282
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  1. Works of Fiction Cited
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-306
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