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The melodramatic imagination
This text argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the 1800s, the author looks at Balzac and HenryExpand
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Reading for the plot : design and intention in narrative
Preface 1. Reading for the Plot 2. Narrative Desire 3. The Novel and the Guillotine, or Fathers and Sons in Le Rouge et le noir 4. Freud's Masterplot: A Model for Narrative 5. Repetition, Repression,Expand
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Law's stories : narrative and rhetoric in the law
The law is full of stories, ranging from the competing narratives presented at trials to the Olympian historical narratives set forth in Supreme Court opinions. How those stories are told andExpand
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The Idea of a Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism
Psychoanalytic literary criticism has always been something of an embarrassment. One resists labeling as a "psychoanalytic critic" because the kind of criticism evoked by the term mostly deserves theExpand
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Psychoanalysis and storytelling
Preface. Introduction: John S. Rickard and Harold Schweizer. The Idea of Psychoanalytic Criticism. Changes in Margins: Construction, Transference, and Narrative. The Storyteller. ConstructingExpand
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Body Work: Objects of Desire in Modern Narrative
Uncovering the body in order to know it has been the quest of narrative since the 18th century. In this tour through art and literature - from Rousseau, Flaubert, and Manet at the origins ofExpand
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Aesthetics and Ideology: What Happened to Poetics?
A curious history, that of American academic literary study in the 1980s. At just about the moment one thought the legacy of European structuralism and poststructuralism was becomingExpand
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