The Romance of Failure

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

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 148.3 x 223 x 19.8mm | 517.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019505721X
  • 9780195057218

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'his analyses of the individual stories, though illustrative of, and responsive to, his methodology, are also intelligent and richly suggestive in their own right' Keith Carabine, University of Kent, Notes and Queries 'Auerbach's discussion of the complexities involved is masterly.' Times Higher Education Supplementshow more