Author: Michael Riffaterre
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In Fictional Truth Riffaterre identifies and discusses the features that give fictional narratives their ring of truth. He offers a semiotic revision of traditional narrarology, sets forth a new theory of intertextual overdetermination, and presents an analysis of the manufestation of narrative contant through the operations of an intertextual unconscious. Throughout, Riffaterre tests theory against close readings of fiction by such authors as Austen, Balzac, Dickens, James, Meredith, Proust, and Trollope. An introduction and glossary of terms help make this an indispensable volume for the student as well as the specialist.