Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination by Barbara HardyTellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination by Barbara Hardy

Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination

byBarbara Hardy

Hardcover | May 8, 2014

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Nature, not art, makes us all story-tellers. Daily and nightly we devise fictions and chronicles, calling some of them daydreams or dreams, some of them nightmares, some of them truths, records, reports and plans. The object of this book is to look at these natural narrative forms and themes, which have been neglected by critics but recognized by narrative artists, using literary criticism in order to argue the limits and limitations of literature. Although Hardy's suggestions about narrative apply broadly to all artistic forms, in the second part of the book she approaches the subject through a detailed analysis of three authors, Dickens, Hardy and Joyce, all profound and far-reaching analysts of narrative structures and values.
Barbara Hardy is Professor Emeritus of Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of The Novels of George Eliot, The Moral Art of Dickens, and his edited a volume of essays, Middlemarch: Critical Approaches to the Novel.
Title:Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative ImaginationFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:279 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:147250786X

ISBN - 13:9781472507860


Table of Contents

Part One: Forms and Themes 1. Narrative Imagination 2. Fantasy and Dream 3. Memory and Memories 4. Abuses of Narrative 5. Good Stories, Good Listeners Part Two: Authors 6. Charles Dickens 7. Thomas Hardy 8. James Joyce Index