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A storyteller’s craft can often be judged by how convincingly the narrative captures the identity and personality of its characters. In this book, the characters who take center stage are “strange” first-person narrators: they are fascinating because of how they are at odds with what the reader would wish or expect to hear—while remaining reassuringly familiar in voice, interactions, and conversations. Combining literary analysis with research in cognitive and social psychology, Marco Caracciolo focuses on readers’ encounters with the “strange” narrators of ten contemporary novels, including Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Caracciolo explores readers’ responses to narrators who suffer from neurocognitive or developmental disorders, who are mentally disturbed due to multiple personality disorder or psychopathy, whose consciousness is split between two parallel dimensions or is disembodied, who are animals, or who lose their sanity.
A foray into current work on reception, reader-response, cognitive literary study, and narratology, Strange Narrators in Contemporary Fiction illustrates why any encounter with a fictional text is a complex negotiation of interlaced feelings, thoughts, experiences, and interpretations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Spiders on Drugs: A Prologue
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Minding Characters
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 1 Patterns of Cognitive Dissonance
  2. pp. 31-54
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  1. 2 Two Child Narrators
  2. pp. 55-78
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  1. 3 Madness between Violence and Insight
  2. pp. 79-113
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  1. 4 A Strange Mood
  2. pp. 114-139
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  1. 5 Tales of Rats and Pigs
  2. pp. 140-177
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  1. 6 Obsessive Narrators, Unstable Knowledge
  2. pp. 178-217
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  1. Coda: Uses of the Character- Centered Illusion
  2. pp. 218-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803296756
Related ISBN
9780803294967
MARC Record
OCLC
961344256
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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