Reading Fiction: Opening the Text

Peter Childs

In what ways does the opening of a novel relate to the narrative that unfolds from it? What are the different approaches to close reading a page of prose fiction? How does reading a text for a second time affect our understanding of the significance of its opening?

In this unique book, Peter Childs discusses the opening lines of 24 widely-studied literary texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. These analyses amount to both an overview of modes of fiction over the last 300 years and also a guide to techniques of close reading. The extracts are taken from the work of novelists ranging from Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie. This stimulating and illuminating book will be a useful text for undergraduates studying the novel and involved in critical appreciation and close textual analysis.

Texts discussed: Robinson CrusoeTristram ShandyPride and PrejudiceFrankensteinJane EyreWuthering HeightsGreat ExpectationsSilas MarnerTess of the D'urbervillesThe Turn of the ScrewHeart of DarknessThe Good SoldierA Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManThe Life and Death of Harriet FreanA Passage to IndiaMrs DallowayBrave New WorldThe Road to Wigan PierGoodbye to BerlinUnder the VolcanoWide Sargasso SeaThe Bloody ChamberShame and The Buddha of Suburbia.

Published: April 03, 2001
Title: Reading Fiction: Opening the Text
Author: Peter Childs
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9781350308879
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: English
Formats: PDF | ePub


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