James Phelan, “Reading People, Reading Plots: Character, Progression and the Interpretation of Narrative” 
1989 | ISBN-10: 0226666913, 0226666921 | 250 pages | PDF | 15,2 MB


James Phelan, skillfully combining practical and theoretical criticism, presents an original, coherent system for analyzing two fundamental elements of narrative—character and progression. Arguing persuasively for a rhetorical approach to these elements, Phelan offers detailed readings of novels by Austen, Dickens, James, Orwell, Hemingway, Fowles, Calvino, and others. These readings also illustrate and elaborate a new set of principles and methods for analyzing narrative as rhetoric. In addition, Phelan engages in a fascinating series of metacritical discussions that distinguish his method from other modes of interpretation and demonstrate the implications of his system for numerous significant issues in the interpretation of narrative


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