Expositional Modes And Temporal Ordering In Fiction

Paperback | March 22, 1993

byMeir Sternberg

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"... this is one of the few books on narrative worth reading and rereading, a study that will make-or should make-a difference in the way we read narrative." -Nineteenth Century Fiction

"This is a remarkable book: original, clear-sighted, and luminously focused on a subject that has never been explored nearly so systematically or intensively."-Dorrit Cohn, Harvard University

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"... this is one of the few books on narrative worth reading and rereading, a study that will make-or should make-a difference in the way we read narrative." -Nineteenth Century Fiction"This is a remarkable book: original, clear-sighted, and luminously focused on a subject that has never been explored nearly so systematically or intens...

MEIR STERNBERG is Professor of Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University and author of The Poetics of Biblical Narrative.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.04 inPublished:March 22, 1993Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:0253207916

ISBN - 13:9780253207913

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Table of Contents

Chapter One
What is Exposition? An Essay in Temporal Delimitation

Chapter Two
Exposition and Order of Presentation: Some Preliminary Notes

Chapter Three
Delayed and Distributed Exposition in the Odyssey: The Dynamics of Narrative Interest

Chapter Four
Order of Presentation, Delayed and Distributed Exposition, and Strategies of Rhetorical Control

Chapter Five
The Rhetoric of Anticipatory Caution: First Impressions in "First Impressions" and the Poetics of Jane Austen

Chapter Six
Retardatory Structure, Expositional Suspension, and the Detective Story

Chapter Seven
A Plea for Preliminary and Concentrated Exposition: The Cases of Trollope and Balzac

Chapter Eight
Expositional Motivation, Temporal Structure, and Point of View (1): Varieties of Omniscient Narration

Chapter Nine
Expositional Motivation, Temporal Structure, and Point of View (2): Restricted and Self-Restricted Narration

Notes

Index