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Fiction and Repetition : Seven English Novels (Paperback)

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In Fiction and Repetition, one of our leading critics and literary theorists offers detailed interpretations of seven novels: Emily Bront?'sWuthering Heights, Thackeray's Henry Esmond, Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles andThe Well-Beloved, Conrad's Lord Jim, and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway andBetween the Acts. Miller explores the multifarious ways in which repetition generates meaning in these novels?repetition of images, metaphors, motifs; repetition on a larger scale of episodes, characters, plots; and repetition from one novel to another by the same or different authors. While repetition creates meanings, it also, Miller argues, prevents the identification of a single determinable meaning for any of the novels; rather, the patterns made by the various repetitive sequences offer alternative possibilities of meaning which are incompatible. He thus sees ?undecidability? as an inherent feature of the novels discussed.

His conclusions make a provocative contribution to current debates about narrative theory and about the principles of literary criticism generally. His book is not a work of theory as such, however, and he avoids the technical terminology dear to many theorists; his book is an attempt to interpret as best he can his chosen texts. Because of his rare critical gifts and his sensitivity to literary values and nuances, his readings send one back to the novels with a new appreciation of their riches and their complexities of form.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674299269
SKU 206719238
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674299264
Release Date 7/14/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0260
Publisher Harvard University Press
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