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The Romance of Failure : The First-Person Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James - Jonathan Auerbach

The Romance of Failure

The First-Person Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James

Hardcover Published: 27th April 1989
ISBN: 9780195057218
Number Of Pages: 216

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This book focuses on the intense intimacy between author and first-person narrator in the fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James: the narrator is both the central actor and the retrospective teller of his tale, at once hero and historian. Auerbach defends the beleaguered 'I' in these works against the depersonalizing tendencies of post-structuralism. In reaffirming the importance of the human subject for the study of narrative, Auerbach shows how the first-person form, in particular, underscores fundamental problems of literary representation: how fictions come to be made, and the relation between these plots and the people who make them.

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"Will prove of great interest in our theoretical age because of its lucid exposition of a critical method, which fuses 'formal, psychological, and cultural considerations' in order 'to help define a certain kind of romance and a certain set of preoccupations.'...His analyses of the individual stories, though illustrative of, and responsive to, his methodology, are also intelligent and richly suggestive in their own right."--Notes & Queries A thoughtful, provocative, and at times quite brilliant book. Jonathan Auerbach takes on a venerable, perhaps fundamental literary problem; the relationship between an author and his book and situates it within an utterly fresh and illuminating context. The book is immensely readable, and impeccable in its scholarship."--Donald Pease, Dartmouth College "Will prove of great interest in our theoretical age because of its lucid exposition of a critical method, which fuses 'formal, psychological, and cultural considerations' in order 'to help define a certain kind of romance and a certain set of preoccupations.'...His analyses of the individual stories, though illustrative of, and responsive to, his methodology, are also intelligent and richly suggestive in their own right."--Notes & Queries A thoughtful, provocative, and at times quite brilliant book. Jonathan Auerbach takes on a venerable, perhaps fundamental literary problem; the relationship between an author and his book and situates it within an utterly fresh and illuminating context. The book is immensely readable, and impeccable in its scholarship."--Donald Pease, Dartmouth College

Introduction: "Proper Identity" and the First Personp. 3
Disfiguring the Perfect Plot: Doubling and Self-Betrayal in Poep. 20
Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance and the Death of Enchantmentp. 71
The Jamesian Critical Romancep. 118
Afterwordp. 172
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780195057218
ISBN-10: 019505721X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th April 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.83  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.45

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