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Genres in Discourse : Literature, Culture, Theory - Tzvetan Todorov

Genres in Discourse

Literature, Culture, Theory

By: Tzvetan Todorov, Catherine Porter (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 28th September 1990
ISBN: 9780521342490
Number Of Pages: 148

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This is a collection in translation of recent essays by Tzvetan Todorov, one of the most eminent of today's literary critics. The essays concentrate on the idea of genre, literary or otherwise, and asks such questions as: What is literature? What is genre? Which are the major literary genres? In the first section, Todorov proposes definitions for the notions of literature, discourse, and genre. Following is a general discussion of the two principal literary genres, fiction and poetry. Finally, in the third section of essays, Todorov examines individual authors as case studies: among them Poe, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Conrad, and James.

"Although Todorov is operating within the realm of high theory, he constructs most arguments from meticulous readings of individual texts. Unlike the bravura gestures of critics such as Harold Bloom, Todorov's close readings are quieter. Like embroidery examined with a magnifying glass, they impress by their intricacy and refinement...he is amazing." Village Voice

Prefatory Notep. vii
The Notion of Literaturep. 1
The Origin of Genresp. 13
The Two Principles of Narrativep. 27
Reading as Constructionp. 39
A Poetic Novelp. 50
Poetry without Versep. 60
Notes from the Undergroundp. 72
The Limits of Edgar Poep. 93
Heart of Darknessp. 103
The Awkward Agep. 113
Indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9780521342490
ISBN-10: 052134249X
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 28th September 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39