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Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable (Theory Interpretation Narrativ)

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The influential and widely respected narrative theorist, H. Porter Abbott, breaks new ground in Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable. In it, he revisits the ancient theme of what we cannot know about ourselves and others. But in a sharp departure, he shifts the focus from the representation of this theme to the ways narrative can be manipulated to immerse “the willing reader” in the actual experience of unknowing.
As he shows, this difficult and risky art, which was practiced so inventively by Samuel Beckett, was also practiced by other modern writers. Abbott demonstrates their surprising diversity in texts by Beckett, Gabriel García Márquez, Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, J. M. Coetzee, Tim O’Brien, Kathryn Harrison, and Jeanette Winterson, together with supporting roles by J. G. Ballard, Gertrude Stein, Michael Haneke, and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.
The demands of this art bear directly on key issues of narrative inquiry, including the nature and limits of reader-resistant texts, the function of permanent narrative gaps, the relation between experiencing a text and its interpretation, the fraught issue of aligning grammatical and narrative syntax, the mixed blessing of our mind-reading capability, and the ethics of reading. Despite its challenges, this book has also been written with an eye to the general reader. In accessible language, Abbott shows how narrative fiction may create spaces in which our ignorance, when it is by its nature absolute, can be not only acknowledged but felt, and why this is important.

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H. Porter Abbott is professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814212325
Author:
Abbott, H. Porter
Publisher:
Ohio State University Press
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Multi
Series:
THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Literary History » General
History and Social Science » Literary History » Literary Interviews
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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