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Foregrounded description in prose fiction : five cross-literary studies / José Manuel Lopes.

Author/Creator:
Lopes, José Manuel, author.
Publication:
Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] : University of Toronto Press, 1995.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (196 p.)
Series:
Theory/culture series.
Theory / Culture
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Subjects:
Romance-language fiction -- History and criticism.
Description (Rhetoric).
Narration (Rhetoric).
Structuralism (Literary analysis).
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In this wide-ranging study, José Manuel Lopes proposes a theoretical framework for analysing the role of description in prose fiction. He offers readings of texts drawn from four national literatures—French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian—testing his model across a cultural and temporal spectrum. This critical breadth also illustrates the significance of description in disparate contexts: the postmodern novel, which implicitly challenges conventional notions of foreground and background, as well as the naturalist and realist fiction of the nineteenth century.Lopes applies his model to detailed readings of Emile Zola's Une Page d'amour, Claude Simon's Histoire, Benito Pérez Galdós' La de Bringas, Cornélio Penna's A Menina Morta, and Carlos de Oliveira's Finisterra. In addition to exploring the interplay of description and narration, these readings pay particular attention to spatial descriptions, and analyse the diverse roles of description in different contexts. After subjecting each fictional text to a detailed analysis which seeks to bring out the crucial aspects that contribute towards the foregrounding of descriptive passages (e.g., mise en abyme, parody, modes of representation), and which establishes, on occasion, certain relations that literary description may entertain with the other arts, he attempts to isolate the primary functions of foregrounding descriptions. What he seeks to demonstrate is that description constitutes a major textual component necessary for the analysis and understanding of both nineteenth- and twentieth-century fictional texts.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I. Towards a framework for the analysis of description in prose fiction
II. Description and mise en abyme in Zola's line Page d'amour
III. Reading of visual images and postcard descriptions in Claude Simon's Histoire
IV. The sarcastic descriptor: Satire and parody in Benito Perez Galdos' La de Bringas
V. Description and modes of representation in Cornelio Penna's A Menina Morta
VI. The impossible 'mimesis': Description and metadescription in Carlos de Oliveira's Finisterra
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-4426-5580-1
1-4426-2324-1
OCLC:
905361895
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442623248 doi