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Methodology and the Study of Modernist Fiction

Keith Gandal

in The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195338911
eISBN:
9780199867127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses methodology and places the book in the context of related scholarship on the subject. In particular, it takes issue with literary scholarship whose approach is based on a ... More


The Structure of Aeneid 10

Alessandro Barchiesi

in Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161815
eISBN:
9781400852482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161815.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discerns to what extent the presence of a model cooperates in making legible the narrative implicating it, how it serves to guide the reader, and aids in making sense of the text. It ... More


Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

Andrew Piper

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226568614
eISBN:
9780226568898
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226568898.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

For well over a century, academic disciplines have studied human behavior using quantitative information. Until recently, however, the humanities have remained largely immune to the use of data—or ... More


‘Tongue-tied, our Queen?’: The Deconstruction of Presence in The Winter’s Tale

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines William Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale, raising through an extreme or limiting case a perennial problem of criticism. The ... More


Formulating a story plan

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides an overview of the structural forms in fiction and their various lengths before focusing on a novel’s beginning, middle, and end and generally what should be included in each of ... More


Scene structure

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Scenes serve many purposes in fiction, but chiefly they push a story forward, reveal character, intensify story suspense, and raise the stakes. Scenes should dramatize a story’s key turning points or ... More


Surviving the dark dismal middle

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

To prevent reader boredom in the story’s midsection, writers should employ methods of novelty, excitement, and a change of pace. The central story event should be more exciting than the event that ... More


The Oresteia in the Odyssey (1946)

Olga Freidenberg

in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823264858
eISBN:
9780823266852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Olga Freidenberg (1890-1955) was a Classical scholar whose method—which she referred to as semantics or semantic paleontology—is often hailed as a precursor to structuralism and semiotics. Its ... More


Columbus’s Egg, or the Structure of the Novella (1973)

Mikhail Gasparov

in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823264858
eISBN:
9780823266852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides a translation of an article by Mikhail Gasparov from 1973. Gasparov distinguishes between plots typical of fable and of the novella; the former stress the status quo and teach a ... More


The Conspiracy of Realism: Impasse and Vision in The Faerie Queene and Shakespeare's King Lear

Judith H. Anderson

in Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228478
eISBN:
9780823241125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The relation of Shakespeare's King Lear to allegory has remained an elusive topic. Two of the older critics of Shakespeare, Watkins and Bradley, seem to think of allegory almost exclusively in the ... More


Introduction

Helena Ifill

in Creating character: Theories of nature and nurture in Victorian sensation fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781784995133
eISBN:
9781526136275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995133.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction provides an overview of the intertwined strands which run through Creating character. Sensation fiction is introduced as a genre which was itself seen by Victorian literary critics ... More


‘Plots’ and dissent: the abortive Northern Rebellion of 1663

Alan Marshall

in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780719089688
eISBN:
9781526135872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines, in the significant contexts of contemporary plot mentalité and plot literature, a supposed plot to stage an armed rising on 12 October 1663, a rising in North-East England that ... More


‘A Child of Heathen Hobbs’:1 political prints of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis – the revision of a republican mode

Christina M. Carlson

in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780719089688
eISBN:
9781526135872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines political prints that responded to the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis (1679–82). It compares the political prints of the “Tory” Sir Roger L’Estrange, Licenser to the Press, ... More


Plot (Lack)

Andrew Piper

in Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226568614
eISBN:
9780226568898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226568898.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter is about words, not in the individual sense, but in the distributional sense (a larger set of patterns/behaviors, as a form of usage). Contra a single luminous word, distributional ... More


Automata, plot machinery and the imperial Gothic in Richard Marsh’s The Goddess

Neil Hultgren

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890-1915: Rereading the fin de siècle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781526124340
eISBN:
9781526136206
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526124340.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyses Richard Marsh’s 1900 novel The Goddess in relation to the late-Victorian imperial Gothic mode of writing. It suggests that Marsh’s novel demystifies the occult and supernatural ... More


Embodiment and Inscription

Haun Saussy

in The Ethnography of Rhythm

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270460
eISBN:
9780823270507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Orality is generally consigned to the doorstep in histories of media: the prelude to the “extensions of man” but not one of the extensions itself. Memory in a culture that has not adopted writing ... More


. Father in Crisis, Mother Rises?: . The Choric Fantasy

Inez Van Der Spek

in Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's 'a Momentary Taste of Being'

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238140
eISBN:
9781781380444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238140.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In her book The Mother/Daughter Plot, Marianne Hirsch investigates the divergent versions of the family romance that surface in female-authored novels by focusing on the relation between mothers and ... More


. A Momentary Taste of Being

Inez Van Der Spek

in Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's 'a Momentary Taste of Being'

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238140
eISBN:
9781781380444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238140.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book has examined James Tiptree Jr's ‘A Momentary Taste of Being’, a story about alien encounter, and its strange spatio-temporal settings from an interstellar spaceship to the vastness of outer ... More


The Special Problems of Science Fiction

Peter Wright (ed.)

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Reprinted from The Writer, May 1976, this article considers the four key components of fiction – theme, character, style, and plot – as they relate to science fiction. In his treatment of theme, ... More


Introduction

Barry McCrea

in In the Company of Strangers: Family and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157636
eISBN:
9780231527330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157636.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter defines two significant aspects of a modernist novel—the family plot and the stranger—as it discusses how these two elements fall into place within a queer framework. Queer ... More


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