Novels and Arguments

Novels and Arguments

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In this absorbing studya€”the first comprehensive exploration of the rhetoric of the novela€”Zahava Karl McKeon investigates the complex interrelations of critical poetics, grammars, dialectics, and rhetorics to devise a systematic means of dealing with the structure of prose works as communicative objects. Using the vocabulary and conceptual resources of Aristotle and Cicero, she pursues this exploration to discover the kinds of arguments that characterize novels, to find a way of distinguishing novels from other discursive wholes, and to discriminate different genres of the novel. McKeon's arguments are supplemented by readings of a variety of texts, including the novels and stories of Gunter Grass, John Fowles, Robert Coover, and Flannery O'Connor.An examination of the readings listed under the four rubrics is only a little more enlightening. Brooks and ... Interestingly enough, the references are consistently directed to parts of any essay, to a given paragraph, or to devices, rather than to the reading as a whole (e.g. pp. 120, 191 ... under exposition, process analysis.

Title:Novels and Arguments
Author:Zahava Karl McKeon
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1982-01


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