Ethos and Narrative Interpretation: The Negotiation of Values in Fiction (Frontiers of Narrative)

Ethos and Narrative Interpretation: The Negotiation of Values in Fiction (Frontiers of Narrative)

By: Liesbeth Korthals Altes (author)Hardback

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Ethos and Narrative Interpretation examines the fruitfulness of the concept of ethos for the theory and analysis of literary narrative. The notion of ethos refers to the broadly persuasive effects of the image one may have of a speaker's psychology, world view, and emotional or ethical stance. How and why do readers attribute an ethos (of, for example, sincerity, reliability, authority, or irony) to literary characters, narrators, and even to authors? Are there particular conditions under which it is more appropriate for interpreters to attribute an ethos to authors, rather than to narrators? In the answer Liesbeth Korthals Altes proposes to such questions, ethos attributions are deeply implicated in the process of interpreting and evaluating narrative texts. Demonstrating the extent to which ethos attributions, and hence, interpretive acts, play a tacit role in many methods of narratological analysis, Korthals Altes also questions the agenda and epistemological status of various narratologies, both classical and post-classical. Her approach, rooted in a broad understanding of the role and circulation of narrative art in culture, rehabilitates interpretation, both as a tool and as an object of investigation in narrative studies.

About Author

Liesbeth Korthals Altes is a professor of general literature in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She is the author or coeditor of several books including Authorship Revisited: Conceptions of Authorship around 1900 and 2000 and The Autonomy of Literature at the Fins de Siecles (1900 and 2000): A Critical Assessment.


PrefaceWhy Ethos? Part 1. Ethos, Narrative, and the Social Construction of Meanings and Values1. Literary Interpretation, Ethos Attributions, and the Negotiation of Values in Culture2. Ethos as a Social Construction: Authorial Posturing, Conceptions of Literature, and Value Regimes Part 2. Ethos in Narratology: The Return of the Repressed3. Narratology between Hermeneutics and Cognitive Science4. Key Concepts Revised: Narrative and Communication, Embeddedness, Intentionality, Fictionality, and Reading Strategies5. Whose Ethos? Characters, Narrators, Authors, and Unadopted Discourse Part 3. Further Explorations: Contracts and Ethos Expectations6. Generic Framing and Authorial Ethos7. Sincerity and Other IroniesOn Narrative, Ethos, and Ethics NotesWorks CitedIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780803248366
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780803248366
  • ISBN10: 0803248369

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