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The Resource Five fictions in search of truth, Myra Jehlen

Five fictions in search of truth, Myra Jehlen

Label
Five fictions in search of truth
Title
Five fictions in search of truth
Statement of responsibility
Myra Jehlen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Fiction, far from being the opposite of truth, is wholly bent on finding it out, and writing novels is a way to know the real world as objectively as possible. InFive Fictions in Search of Truth, Myra Jehlen develops this idea through readings of works by Flaubert, James, and Nabokov. She invokes Proust's famous search for lost memory as the exemplary literary process, which strives, whatever its materials, for a true knowledge. InSalammbocirc;, Flaubert digs up Carthage; inThe Ambassadors, James plumbs the examined life and touches at its limits; while in Lolita, Nabokov traces a search for truth that becomes a trespass. In these readings, form and style emerge as fiction's means for taking hold of reality, which is to say that they are as epistemological as they are aesthetic, each one emerging by way of the other. The aesthetic aspects of a literary work are just so many instruments for exploring a subject, and the beauty and pleasure of a work confirm the validity of its account of the world. For Flaubert, famously, a beautiful sentence was proven true by its beauty. James and Nabokov wrote on the same assumption--that form and style were at once the origin and the confirmation of a work's truth. InFive Fictions in Search of Truth, Jehlen shows, moreover, that fiction's findings are not only about the world but immanent within it. Literature works concretely, through this form, that style, this image, that word, seeking a truth that is equally concrete. Writers write--and readers read--to discover an incarnate, secular knowledge, and in doing so they enact a basic concurrence between literature and science
Cataloging source
DLC
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Jehlen, Myra
Dewey number
809.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3503
LC item number
.J44 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Fiction
  • Fiction
Label
Five fictions in search of truth, Myra Jehlen
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A real madeleine is a work of art -- Salammbo : three rough stones beneath a rainy sky -- The sacred fount : the case of the man who became extraordinarily -- Amusing -- The ambassadors : what he saw was exactly the right thing -- Lolita : a beautiful, banal, eden-red apple -- A simple heart : Felicite and the holy parrot
Control code
ocn190877352
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9780691136127
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)190877352
Label
Five fictions in search of truth, Myra Jehlen
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A real madeleine is a work of art -- Salammbo : three rough stones beneath a rainy sky -- The sacred fount : the case of the man who became extraordinarily -- Amusing -- The ambassadors : what he saw was exactly the right thing -- Lolita : a beautiful, banal, eden-red apple -- A simple heart : Felicite and the holy parrot
Control code
ocn190877352
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9780691136127
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)190877352

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