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A Rhetoric of the Unreal : Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic - Christine Brooke-Rose

A Rhetoric of the Unreal

Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic

Paperback Published: 28th November 1983
ISBN: 9780521276566
Number Of Pages: 456

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This 1981 book is a study of wide range of fiction, from short stories to tales of horror, from fairy-tales and romances to science fiction, to which the rather loose term 'fantastic' has been applied. Cutting across this wide field, Professor Brooke-Rose examines in a clear and precise way the essential differences between these types of narrative against the background of realistic fiction. In doing so, she employs many of the methods of modern literary theory from Russian formalism to structuralism, while at the same time bringing to these approaches a sharp critical intuition and sound common sense of her own. The range of texts considered is broad: from Poe and James to Tolkien; from Flann O'Brien to the American postmodernism. This book should prove a source of stimulation to all teachers and students of modern literary theory and genre, as well as those interested in 'fantastic' literature.

The Real, the Unreal and the Rhetoric
The real and the unreal
The rhetoric
Method and Non-method in Genre Analysis
Historic genres/theoretical genres: Torodov on the fantastic
Science fiction and realistic fiction
The Pure Fantastic: Types of Analysis
The encoded reader
The Turn of the Screw and its critics: an essay in non-methodology
The Turn of the Screw; mirror structures as basic structures
The surface structures in The Turn of the Screw
The Unreal as Real: the Modern Marvellous
The evil ring: realism and the marvellous
Titan plus: the new science fiction (Vonnegut and McElroy)
The Real as Unreal: Some Modern Texts
The real as unreal: Robbe-Grillet
Metafiction and surfiction: a simpler formal approach
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ISBN: 9780521276566
ISBN-10: 052127656X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 28th November 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.58