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Rhetoric of Fiction Required Texts

Novels (purchased)

Everett, Percival. God’s Country, Beacon Press, 2003. 978-0807083635

Harmer, Liz. The Amateurs. Vintage Canada, 2019. 978-0-345-81125-7

Egan, Jennifer. A Visit From the Goon Squad, Anchor, 2011. 978-0307477477

Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being, Penguin, 2013. 978-0143124870






Online course documents and readings posted on Blackboard. You are responsible for downloading and reading each text before the class session it is due, and bring a copy for discussion (printed or electronic).

Bakhtin, M. M. “The Bildungsroman and Its Significance in the History of Realism.” Speech Genres and Other Late Essays. Trans. Vern W. McGee. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1986. 10-28

—–. “Discourse in the Novel.” The Dialogic Imagination. Ed. Michael Holquist. Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1981. 259-421

Barthes, Roland. “The Death of the Author.” Image Music Text. Trans. Stephen Heath. New York: Hell and Wang, 1977. 142-148.

Baudrillard, Jean. “The Body, or the Mass Grave of Signs.” Symbolic Exchange and Death. Trans. Iain Hamilton Grant. London: Sage Publications, 1993. 101-118

Booth, Wayne C. The Rhetoric of Fiction. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1961.

Burke, Kenneth. “Literature as Equipment for Living.” The Philosophy of Literary Form. 3rd ed. Berkley: University of CA Press, 1973. 293-304

Felski, Rita. “Introduction.” New Literary History, 44.4 (2013): v-xii

Foucault, Michel. “What is an Author?” Trans. Josue V. Harari. The Foucault Reader. Ed. Paul Rabinow. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. 101-120

Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Existentialism.” Basic Writings of Existentialism. Ed. Marino, Gordon. New York: Modern Library, 2004. 341-368.

Starhawk. “Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery.” Readings in Feminist Rhetorical Theory. Eds. Karen A. Foss, Sonja K. Foss, and Cindy L. Griffin. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc, 2004. 149-161

Tanahashi, Kazuiki, and Peter Levitt, Eds. The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master. Boston: Shambhala, 2013.