Le Propre De La Fiction Dorrit Cohn

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Le Propre De La Fiction by Dorrit Cohn
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Offers some very fine analysis of a range of narratives from Freuds case histories to Tolstoys War and Peace... An important contribution to narrative theory and a salutary intervention in the debate about the relation between fiction andMoreOffers some very fine analysis of a range of narratives from Freuds case histories to Tolstoys War and Peace...

An important contribution to narrative theory and a salutary intervention in the debate about the relation between fiction and nonfiction... Cohn argues with clarity, learning, and patient logic.—(Modern Fiction Studies) James Phelan,Dorrit Cohn provides us with a comprehensive survey of the controversy about the relation between factual and fictional narration, and shows how it might be resolved. As a reference-point (and perhaps a lightning-rod) for future discussion, the book will be required reading for narratologists, and will attract the attention of all those who teach fiction.—(Wallace Martin, University of Toledo, author of Recent Theories of Narrative and editor of The Yale Critics: Deconstruction in America)The border between fact and fiction has been trespassed so often it seems to be a highway.

Works of history that include fictional techniques are usually held in contempt, but works of fiction that include history are among the greatest of classics. Fiction claims to be able to convey its own unique kinds of truth.

But unless a reader knows in advance whether a narrative is fictional or not, judgment can be frustrated and confused.In The Distinction of Fiction, Dorrit Cohn argues that fiction does present specific clues to its fictionality, and its own justifications.

Indeed, except in cases of deliberate deception, fiction achieves its purposes best by exercising generic conventions that inform the reader that it is fiction. Cohn tests her conclusions against major narrative works, including Prousts A la Recherche du temps perdu, Manns Death in Venice, Tolstoys War and Peace, and Freuds case studies.

She contests widespread poststructuralist views that all narratives are fictional. On the contrary, she separates fiction and nonfiction as necessarily distinct, even when bound together. An expansion of Cohns Christian Gauss lectures at Princeton and the product of many years of labor and thought, The Distinction of Fiction builds on narratological and phenomenological theories to show that boundaries between fiction and history can be firmly and systematically explored.About the Author:Dorrit Cohn is a professor emerita of the Departments of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Her previous books include The Sleepwalkers: Elucidations of Herman Brochs Trilogy and Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction.



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