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Narrative as Rhetoric

Technique, Audiences, Ethics, ideology

James Phelan

Frontmatter and Preface

Part I: Narrative Progression and Narrative Discourse: Lyric, Voice, and Readerly Judgments
  1: Character and Judgment in Narrative and in Lyric: Toward an Understanding of Audience Engagement in The Waves
  2: Gender Politics in the Showman’s Discourse; or, Listening to Vanity Fair
  3: Voice, Distance, Temporal Perspective, and the Dynamics of A Farewell to Arms

Part II: Mimetic Conventions, Ethics, and Homodiegetic Narration
  4: What Hemingway and a Rhetorical Theory of Narrative Can Do for Each Other: The Example of “My Old Man”
  5: Reexamining Reliability: The Multiple Functions of Nick Carraway
  6: Sharing Secrets

Part III: Audiences and Ideology
  7: Narratee, Narrative Audience, and Second-Person Narration: How I—and You?—Read Lorrie Moore's “How”
  8: Narrating the PC Controversies: Thoughts on Dinesh D’Souza's Illiberal Education
  9: Toward a Rhetorical Reader-Response Criticism: The Difficult, the Stubborn, and the Ending of Beloved

Appendix: Why Wayne Booth Can’t Get with the Program; or, The Nintentional Fallacy


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