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Fiction and Repetition
by J. Hillis Miller
Harvard University Press, 1982
Cloth: 978-0-674-29925-2 | Paper: 978-0-674-29926-9
Library of Congress Classification PR830.R53M5
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.009


Table of Contents:

1. Two Forms of Repetition
2. Lord Jim
Repetition as Subversion of Organic Form
3. Wuthering Heights
Repetition and the "Uncanny"
4. Henry Esmond
Repetition and Irony
5. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Repetition as Immanent Design
6. The Well-Beloved
The Compulsion to Stop Repeating
7. Mrs. Dalloway
Repetition as the Raising of the Dead
8. Between the Acts
Repetition as Extrapolation


Reviews of this book:
Miller is a beautifully elegant writer, and one of this generation's most penetrating literary analysts. [This] is easily the most important book on fiction in a decade.
--British Book News

Reviews of this book:
A very important contribution to contemporary critical thought.
--Modern Fiction Studies

Reviews of this book:
[This] book does what good criticism must do: reanimate familiar texts by asking contemporary questions of them, thus clarifying the texts and deepening their mysteries Professor Miller's fascinating play of concepts will win new readers for these novels and send others back to explore the mysteries they missed on the last reading.
--New York Times Book Review

Miller's quest for meaning is contagious and fruitful. All of the novels he discusses are illuminated by his reading, and, what is even more, they all seem honored by what he says. To read him is to discover both an added greatness in one narrative tradition and the unquestionable importance of his special kind of careful and intelligent criticism.
--Wayne Booth

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