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Rhetorical Deception in the Short Fiction of Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville (Studies in Comparative Literature No. 23)By: Terry J. Martin (author)Hardback
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DescriptionThis study analyzes an innovative rhetorical strategy employed in certain of the most challenging and misunderstood stories of American Renaissance, including "Young Goodman Brown", "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "Benito Cereno". In these stories the reader is forced to take the view of a character who is self-deluded and implicated in crime, yet whose nature is never explicitly revealed, except through the works latent symbolic structure. The study seeks to offer original readings of these stories, identifying them as a significant sub-genre of the modern short story.
ContentsIntroduction: on the ultra-deceptive short story. Anti-allegory and the reader in "Young Goodman Brown"; detection, imagination, and the introduction to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; "Benito Cereno" and the American confidence man; the rhetoric of the ultra-deceptive short story.
- publication date: 30/09/1998
- ISBN13: 9780773482401
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 120
- ID: 9780773482401
- ISBN10: 0773482407
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