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Entangled voices : genre and the religious construction of the self

Author: Frederick J Ruf
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, Ruf tries to understand how the concepts of "voice" and "genre" function in texts. To this end, he joins literary theorists in the discussion about "narrative." Ruf rejects the idea of genre as a fixed historical form that serves as a template for readers and writers; instead, he suggests that we imagine different genres, whether narrative, lyric, or dramatic, as the expression of different voices.
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Ruf, Frederick J., 1950-
Entangled voices.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)191952814
Named Person: John Donne; Robert Wilson; Philip Glass; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Primo Levi; Primo Levi; John Donne; Robert Wilson; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Primo Levi; Donne
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick J Ruf
ISBN: 0195102630 9780195102635 9786610528592 6610528594
OCLC Number: 35620299
Description: x, 125 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: hearing voices --
ch. 1. The voices of narrative, lyric, and drama: The three characteristics of narrative --
Lyric --
Drama --
ch. 2. "Jogona's great treasure": narrative, lyric, and dramatic intelligibility: Intelligibility: Comprehensiveness and cohesion --
Conclusions --
ch. 3. "Intoxicated with intimacy": the lyric voice in John Donne's Holy sonnets: Unruly autobiography --
Donne's Holy sonnets --
Donne's lyric self --
The lyric voice --
ch. 4. "The circle of chalk": narrative voice in Primo Levi's The periodic table: The periodic table --
The aspiration to narrative --
Narrative instability --
"The rich and messy domain" --
ch. 5. "Survival and distance": the dramatic voice in Robert Wilson's Einstein on the beach: Einstein on the beach --
Dramatic voice in Einstein --
The dramatic voice and religion --
The dramatic self --
ch. 6. "Harmonized chaos": the mixed voice of Coleridge's Biographia literaria: The biographia literaria --
The form of the Biographia --
Dissociation, fragmentation, and incoherence --
Harmony and unity --
Ramifications: the "mixed" self --
ch. 7. Conclusion: genre and instability.
Responsibility: Frederick J. Ruf.
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