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Story and Situation: Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction
by Ross Chambers
University of Minnesota Press, 1984
Cloth: 978-0-8166-1295-6 | Paper: 978-0-8166-1298-7
Library of Congress Classification PN3383.N35C48 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.3

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Studies the relation between teller and listener in a set of French, English, and American short stories from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Ross Chambers shifs the emphasis to precisely the play of authority and mastery by focusing on the narrative situation or the "point" of telling a story in given context. He studies the relation between teller and listener in a set of French, English, and American short stories from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and detects in that relationship the key to the power of fiction. In each of these stories, the author identifies the narrative situation by recourse to the metaphor of seduction, a phenomenon Chambers finds characteristic of literary production in the modern period.

"Story and Situation is a powerful work of criticism, the best work in short narrative I know, and will redirect critics' attention to a form which has always engaged readers but has recently been neglected by literary theorists. It is clear, assured, and intelligently paced." --Jonathan Culler

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