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作者 Miller, J. Hillis (Joseph Hillis), 1928- author
書名 Communities in fiction / J. Hillis Miller
出版項 New York : Fordham University Press, [2015]
©2015
國際標準書號 082326310X (hardback)
9780823263103 (hardback)
0823263118 (paperback)
9780823263110 (paperback)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 歐美所圖書館2F西文書區  809.39355 M6156 2015    在架上  -  30500101554767
版本 First edition
說明 xiii, 333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
系列 Commonalities
Commonalities
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-325) and index
Theories of community : Williams, Heidegger, and others -- Trollope's The last chronicle of Barset as a model of Victorian community -- Individual and community in The return of the native -- Conrad's colonial (non)community : Nostromo -- Waves theory : an anachronistic reading -- Postmodern communities in Pynchon and Cervantes
Communities in Fiction reads six novels or stories (one each by Trollope, Hardy, Conrad, Woolf, Pynchon, and Cervantes) in the light of theories of community worked out (contradictorily) by Raymond Williams, Martin Heidegger, and Jean- Luc Nancy. The book's topic is the question of how communities or noncommunities are represented in fictional works. Such fictional communities help the reader understand real communities, including those in which the reader lives. As against the presumption that the trajectory in literature from Victorian to modern to postmodern is the story of a gradual loss of belief in the possibility of community, this book demonstrates that communities have always been presented in fiction as precarious and fractured. Moreover, the juxtaposition of Pynchon and Cervantes in the last chapter demonstrates that period characterizations are never to be trusted. All the features both thematic and formal that recent critics and theorists such as Fredric Jameson and many others have found to characterize postmodern fiction are already present in Cervantes's wonderful early-seventeenth-century "exemplary story," "The Dogs' Colloquy." All the themes and narrative devices of Western fiction from the beginning of the print era to the present were there at the beginning, in Cervantes. Most of all, however, Communities in Fiction looks in detail at its six fictions, striving to see just what they say, what stories they tell, and what narratological and rhetorical devices they use to say what they do say and to tell the stories they do tell. The book attempts to communicate to its readers the joy of reading these works and to argue for the exemplary insight they provide into what Heidegger called Mitsein--being together in communities that are always problematic and unstable
主題 Communities in literature
Community life in literature
Literature and society
Community organization
Community development
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