- Literature and Literary Studies
- Literature History and Criticism
- Fiction, Novelists and Prose Writers
Narrative Perspective and Irony in Selected Chinese and American Fiction (Studies in Comparative Literature v. 46)By: Ban Wang (author)Hardback
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DescriptionThis study reconsiders irony by blending classical and contemporary critical notions. It revamps the notions of authorial perspective, plot, emotional effect and other generic features of fiction by incorporating socio-historical analysis of practice, ideology and discourse. In discussing Chinese texts, it shows how narrative structure breaks down and authoritative dogma and myth fall apart under a critical irony, shifting narrative stances and multi-voiced language. The second part of the book deals with works by Austen, James, Flaubert, Dickens and Woolf, illustrating how a variable narrative perspective affects plot structure, and how cherished moral assumptions are questioned and debunked.
ContentsIntroduction - irony, ideology and multi-voiced discourse; reading for irony in classical Chinese fiction; irony and social criticism in Lu Xun's fiction; citation of discourse and ironic debunking in Ah Cheng's work; rhetoric of the absurd - the grotesque in Yu Hua and Lu Xun; fiction as discursive practice; plot as a structure of meaning and emotion - the case of "Emma"; narrative point of view and the creation of mystery in "Great Expectations"; narrative stance and the reader's response; self-irony in first-person narrative; dramatic irony and ideological conflict; representation of the psyche and the modern novel.
- publication date: 31/01/2002
- ISBN13: 9780773472181
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 188
- ID: 9780773472181
- ISBN10: 0773472185
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