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Textual Wanderings The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression by Rhian Atkin

Textual Wanderings The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression


Textual Wanderings The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression by Rhian Atkin

Digression is a crucial motif in literary narratives. It features as a key characteristic of fictional works from Cervantes and Sterne, to Proust, Joyce and Calvino. Moving away from a linear narrative and following a path of associations reflects how we think and speak. Yet an author's inability to stick to the point has often been seen to detract from a work of literature, somehow weakening it. This wide-ranging and timely volume seeks to celebrate narrative digressions and move towards a theoretical framework for studying the meanderings of literary texts as a useful and valuable aspect of literature. Essays discussing some of the possibilities for approaching narrative digression from a theoretical perspective are complemented with focused studies of European and American authors. As a whole, the book offers a broad and varied view of textual wanderings.

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Publication date

31st October 2011


Rhian Atkin

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Maney Publishing


200 pages


Literary studies: general



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