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Cycles of influence : fiction, folktale, theory

Author: Stephen Benson
Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this wide-ranging and insightful analysis, the author proposes a poetics of narrative for postmodernism by placing new emphasis on the folktale. He beings by examining the key features of folktales: their emphasis on a chain of events rather than description or consciousness, their emphasis on a self-contained fictional environment rather than realism, the presence of a storyteller as a self-confessed fabricator,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Benson
ISBN: 0814329497 9780814329498
OCLC Number: 49936034
Description: 314 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Tales in theory : the role of the folktale in the development of narratology --
2. Theory in tales : cycles, levels, and frames --
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3. The idea of the folktale in Italo Calvino --
Italian folktales : texts and contexts --
First idea : tradition and ideology --
Second idea : singular fantasies --
Third idea : a "geometry of story-telling" --
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4. Narrative turns --
John Barth, author of the Arabian nights --
"Familiarity breeds consent": Robert Coover and the fairy tale --
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5. Craftiness and cruelty : a reading of the fairy tale and its place in recent feminist fictions --
"Curiosity ... is insubordination in its purest form."
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In this wide ranging and insightful analysis, Stephen Benson analyzes how the folktale has influenced the development of narrative theory and how postmodern fiction has drawn on the folktale to  Read more...

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