By Jane Smiley
Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel–and takes us on an exciting journey via 100 of them–in this seductive and immensely profitable literary tribute.
In her inimitable style–exuberant, candid, opinionated–Smiley explores the ability of the radical, taking a look at its heritage and diversity, its cultural impression, and simply the way it works its magic. She invitations us behind the curtain of novel-writing, sharing her personal behavior and spilling the secrets and techniques of her craft. and she or he bargains precious recommendation to aspiring authors. As she works her method via 100 novels–from classics akin to the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to fresh fiction by way of Zadie Smith and Alice Munro–she infects us anew with the fervour for studying that's the governing spirit of this present to publication fanatics all over.
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Petrarca e Boccaccio: Tradizione, memoria, scrittura. Padova: Editrice Antenore. Wittgenstein, Ludwig. 2001. Philosophical Investigations I. Translated by G. E. M. Anscombe. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers. indd 48 10/25/2012 10:46:31 AM 3 Style, rhetoric, and identity in Shakespearean soliloquy Stuart Sillars Any attempt to address the issue of style in Shakespeare’s plays is essentially bound up with the concept of character, the idea of separate voices interacting, that has become the fundamental approach to the larger dramatic structure, whether performed or read.
Indd 40 10/25/2012 10:46:30 AM PETRARCH AND THE BIRTH OF STYLE 41 Petrarch’s notion of imitatio with that of Plato in The Republic (1989). When Plato argues that “if the poet never concealed himself, his whole poetry and narrative would be free of imitation,” what he is advocating is pure narrative without the concealment of the presence of its narrating agent or, “pure narrative without imitation” (1989, 30–1). Plato goes on to say that since the imitator is concerned not with the imitation of the essence of reality as it is but with the appearance as it appears,7 “the art of imitation is far removed from the real, and, it seems, achieves all its results because it grasps only a small part of each object, and an image at that” (1989, 39).
A blend . . indd 24 10/25/2012 10:02:40 AM STYLE AS POLEMICS 25 foreign word, the metaphor, the ornamental word, and the other types mentioned) will save the diction from being commonplace and drab, while the colloquial element will ensure clarity” (22, 1458b). The confluence of two idioms, the assimilation of the “foreign” elements to the natural ones to form an ordered style, no doubt, reflect Aristotle’s ethical theory of the “median” between virtues and vices (Nicomachean Ethics, II, chapters 5–9).
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley