Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction

Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction

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... this is one of the few books on narrative worth reading and rereading, a study that will make-or should make-a difference in the way we read narrative." -Nineteenth Century Fiction

This is a remarkable book: original, clear-sighted, and luminously focused on a subject that has never been explored nearly so systematically or intensively."-Dorrit Cohn, Harvard University

This book, long out of print, is now available in a paperback edition, providing another window into one of the most exciting minds working in the areas of literary and biblical literary criticism.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.7 x 227.8 x 26.4mm | 497.65g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253207916
  • 9780253207913
  • 595,155

Table of contents

Chapter One
What is Exposition? An Essay in Temporal Delimitation

Chapter Two
Exposition and Order of Presentation: Some Preliminary Notes

Chapter Three
Delayed and Distributed Exposition in the Odyssey: The Dynamics of Narrative Interest

Chapter Four
Order of Presentation, Delayed and Distributed Exposition, and Strategies of Rhetorical Control

Chapter Five
The Rhetoric of Anticipatory Caution: First Impressions in "First Impressions" and the Poetics of Jane Austen

Chapter Six
Retardatory Structure, Expositional Suspension, and the Detective Story

Chapter Seven
A Plea for Preliminary and Concentrated Exposition: The Cases of Trollope and Balzac

Chapter Eight
Expositional Motivation, Temporal Structure, and Point of View (1): Varieties of Omniscient Narration

Chapter Nine
Expositional Motivation, Temporal Structure, and Point of View (2): Restricted and Self-Restricted Narration


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About Meir Sternberg

MEIR STERNBERG is Professor of Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University and author of The Poetics of Biblical Narrative.
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