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Lyrical Strategies advances the highly original idea that not all literary fiction should be read as a novel. Instead, Katie Owens-Murphy identifies a prominent type of American novel well suited to the reading methods of lyric poetry and exhibiting lyric frameworks of structural repetition, rhythm, figurative meaning, dramatic personae, and exclusive address.   Owens-Murphy surveys a broad array of writers: poets from the lyrical transatlantic tradition, as well as American novelists including Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and Cormac McCarthy. Through a masterful reexamination of canonical works of twentieth-century American fiction through the lens of lyric poetry, she reveals how many elements in these novels can be better understood as poetic and rhetorical figures (metaphysical conceit, polysyndeton, dramatic monologue, apostrophe, and so on) than as narrative ones.   Making fresh contributions to literary theory and American fiction, Lyrical Strategies will fascinate readers and scholars of the American novel, fiction, poetry, and poetics alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1 - Genres in Contest
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Chapter 2 - Repetition and Insistence
  2. pp. 15-46
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  1. Chapter 3 - Rhythm and Insubordination
  2. pp. 47-84
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  1. Chapter 4 - Metaphysical Conceits
  2. pp. 85-118
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  1. Chapter 5 - Dramatic Personae
  2. pp. 119-156
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  1. Chapter 6 - Exclusive Address
  2. pp. 157-186
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  1. Coda - Genre Revisited
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 199-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-219
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810136564
Related ISBN
9780810136557
MARC Record
OCLC
1013493541
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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