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In Experiencing Fiction, James Phelan develops a provocative and engaging affirmative answer to the question, “Can we experience narrative fiction in similar ways?” Phelan grounds that answer in two elements of narrative located at the intersection between authorial design and reader response: judgments and progressions. Phelan contends that focusing on the three main kinds of judgment—interpretive, ethical, and aesthetic—and on the principles underlying a narrative’s movement from beginning to end reveals the experience of reading fiction to be potentially sharable. In Part One, Phelan skillfully analyzes progressions and judgments in narratives with a high degree of narrativity: Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever,” and Ian McEwan’s Atonement. In Part Two, Phelan turns his attention to the different relationships between judgments and progressions in hybrid forms—in the lyric narratives of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” Sandra Cisneros’s “Woman Hollering Creek,” and Robert Frost’s “Home Burial,” and in the portrait narratives of Alice Munro’s “Prue” and Ann Beattie’s “Janus.” More generally, Phelan moves back and forth between the exploration of theoretical principles and the detailed work of interpretation. As a result, Experiencing Fiction combines Phelan’s fresh and compelling readings of numerous innovative narratives with his fullest articulation of the rhetorical theory of narrative.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Judgments, Progressions, and the Rhetorical Experience of Narrative
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part 1. Judgments and Progressions: Beginnings, Middles, Endings
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. 1. Jane Austen's Experiment in Narrative Comedy: The Beginning and Early Middle of Persuasion
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. 2. Sethe's Choice and Toni Morrison's Strategies: The Beginning and Middle of Beloved
  2. pp. 51-78
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  1. 3. Chicago Criticism, New Criticism, Cultural Thematics, and Rhetorical Poetics
  2. pp. 79-94
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  1. 4. Progressing toward Surprise: Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever"
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. 5. Delayed Disclosure and the Problem of Other Minds: Ian McEwan's Atonement
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. 6. Rhetorical Aesthetics within Rhetorical Poetics
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. Part 2. Judgments and Progressions in Lyric Narratives and Portrait Narratives
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. 7. Interlacings of Narrative and Lyric: Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place: and Sandra Cisnero's "Woman Hollering Creek"
  2. pp. 151-177
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  1. 8. Narrative in the Service of Portraiture: Alice Munro's "Prue" and Ann Beattie's "Janus"
  2. pp. 178-198
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  1. 9. Dramatic Dialogue as Lyric Narrative: Robert Frost's "Home Burial"
  2. pp. 199-215
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  1. Epilogue: Experiencing Fiction and Its Corpus: Extensions to Nonfictional Narrative and Synthetic Fiction
  2. pp. 216-226
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  1. Appendix 1: Alice Munro, "Prue"
  2. pp. 227-231
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  1. Appendix 2: Ann Beattie, "Janus"
  2. pp. 232-236
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 237-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
  2. pp. 251-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272121
Related ISBN
9780814251621
MARC Record
OCLC
1228476344
Pages
249
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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