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Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current Marxist critics. Foley maintains that Marxist theory has yet to produce a satisfactory theory of mimesis or of the development of genres, and she addresses such key issues as the problem of reference and the nature of generic distinctions. Among the authors whom Foley treats are Defoe, Scott, George Eliot, Joyce, Isherwood, Dos Passos, William Wells Brown, Ishmael Reed, and Ernest Gaines.

Table of Contents

  1. Telling the Truth
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. Part I: Theory
  1. 1. The Documentary Novel and the Problem of Borders
  2. pp. 25-41
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  1. 2. The Mimetic Contract and the Problem of Assertion
  2. pp. 42-63
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  1. 3. Mimesis, Cognition, and the Problem of the Referent
  2. pp. 64-84
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  1. 4. Mimesis, Cognition, and the Problem of the Subject
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. Part II: Practice
  1. 5. The Pseudofactual Novel
  2. pp. 107-142
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  1. 6. The Historical Novel
  2. pp. 143-184
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  1. 7. The Modernist Documentary Novel
  2. pp. 185-232
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  1. 8. The Afro-American Documentary Novel
  2. pp. 233-264
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 265-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501722899
Related ISBN
9781501722905
MARC Record
OCLC
1057670300
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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