Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation

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Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation

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Book

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Publication Date

1987

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Publisher

Cornell University Press

City

Ithaca, NY, USA

First Page

vii

Last Page

249

ISBN

0801420105

Abstract

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 preface by James Phelan, Before Reading offers a valuable and coherent framework for approaching the study of narrative.

Notes

Reprinted Ohio State University Press, 1998; electronic edition Ohio State University Press, 2007

Hamilton Areas of Study

Literature and Creative Writing

Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation

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