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Before reading : narrative conventions and the politics of interpretation

Author: Peter J Rabinowitz
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987.
Series: Cornell paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: How does what we know shape the ways we read? Starting from the premise that any productive theory of narrative must take into account the presuppositions the reader brings to the text, Before Reading explores how our prior knowledge of literary conventions influences the processes of interpretation and evaluation.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rabinowitz, Peter J., 1944-
Before reading.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987
(OCoLC)568546755
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Rabinowitz
ISBN: 0801494729 9780801494727 0801420105 9780801420108
OCLC Number: 15629966
Description: xi, 249 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Beyond readings/before reading --
Part 1: Narrative Conventions: --
1: Starting points --
What is reading? --
Who is reading? --
Value(s) of authorial reading --
Difficulties of authorial reading --
Rules of reading --
2: Trumpets, please! : rules of notice --
Hierarchy of detail --
Basic gestures of noticeability --
Privileged positions --
Rules of rupture --
3: Biggest black eyes I ever saw: rules of signification --
Signification defined --
Rules of source --
Good guys and bad guys: rules of snap moral judgment --
Truth and the narrative audience: the rule of realism --
Post hoc and propter hoc: rules of cause --
4: Black cloud on the horizon: rules of configuration --
Configuration vs coherence --
Basic rules of configuration --
Rules of undermining --
Rules of balance: focus --
Rules of balance: action --
5: Austere simplicity of fiction: rules of coherence --
Nature of coherence --
License to fill --
Rules of surplus --
Rules of naming, bundling, and thermatizing --
Part 2: Politics Of Interpretation: --
6: Through The Glass Key darkly: presupposition and misunderstanding --
Presuppositions and the ambiguity of interpretation --
Getting to the bottom of things --
Popular fiction as a genre --
Scapegoating Carmen: reading misreadings --
7: Some have greatness thrust upon them: the politics of canon formation --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks.
Responsibility: Peter J. Rabinowitz.

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Overview: How does what we know shape the ways we read? Starting from the premise that any productive theory of narrative must take into account the presuppositions the reader brings to the text, Before Reading explores how our prior knowledge of literary conventions influences the processes of interpretation and evaluation.

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