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Before reading : narrative conventions and the politics of interpretation

Author: Peter J Rabinowitz
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, [1998]
Series: Theory and interpretation of narrative series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Available again with a new introduction by James Phelan.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Rabinowitz
ISBN: 0814207596 9780814207598
OCLC Number: 37437549
Notes: Originally published: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987, in series: Cornell paperbacks. With new Foreword.
Description: xxix, 249 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword: Before Reading in Its Own Terms --
Introduction: Beyond Readings/Before Reading --
1. Starting Points. What Is Reading? Who Is Reading? The Value(s) of Authorial Reading. The Difficulties of Authorial Reading. Rules of Reading --
2. Trumpets, Please!: Rules of Notice. The Hierarchy of Detail. Basic Gestures of Noticeability. Privileged Positions. Rules of Rupture --
3. The 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. The 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. The Austere Simplicity of Fiction: Rules of Coherence. The Nature of Coherence. License to Fill. Rules of Surplus. Rules of Naming, Bundling, and Thematizing. 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.
Series Title: Theory and interpretation of narrative series.
Responsibility: Peter J. Rabinowitz ; with a foreword by James Phelan.

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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. Available again with a new introduction by James Phelan.

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