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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall

Chaucer's Anxiety of Poetic Craft: The Squire's Tale
The Squire's Tale is not a tale intended to tell a story; it is instead a narrative poem designed to examine the craft of poetic composition. As such, it functions as a pseudo-tale crafted by Chaucer to approximate the characteristics of a narrative...
On the Narrative Function of Metonymy in Chapter XIV of Heine's Ideen. das Buch le Grand
Introduction Chapter XIV of Heine's travelogue Ideen. Das Buch Le Grand (1826) features a striking scene which is most often read as the author's highly subjectivist 'settling of accounts' with Hamburg, the city in which the author undertook (and...
Singular Text, Multiple Implied Readers
In narrative theory and literary analysis, it is regularly assumed that a text has a single implied author and a single implied reader. This is no doubt usually the case, but there are a number of interesting examples that cannot fit within this simple...
Who Controls the Narrative?: A Stylistic Comparison of Different Versions of Raymond Carver's "So Much Water So Close to Home"
1. Introduction Raymond Carver is one of the prominent writers in post-war American literature, especially with his "resuscitating the short story as an artistically and commercially legitimate form" (Campbell ix). In studying Carver, the problem...
Why Jane Austen Was Different, and Why We May Need Cognitive Science to See It
Something happened to the novel "around the time of Jane Austen" (vii) argues George Butte in his compelling reintroduction of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's discourse on phenomenology into contemporary literary and film studies, I Know That You Know That...
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