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This ebook addresses itself to the idea that of the implied writer, which has been the reason for controversy in cultural reports for a few fifty years. the outlet chapters research the creation of the idea that in Wayne C. Booth´s "Rhetoric of Fiction" and the dialogue of the idea that in narratology and within the idea and perform of interpretation. the ultimate bankruptcy develops proposals for clarifying or exchanging the concept that.

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1957), which contained only eight of the original twenty contributions, the subtitle ‘Ancient and Modern’ was replaced by ‘Essays in Method’. 3 below). 26 The Origins of the Implied Author Concept since the turn of the century. 32 Since the early 1930s, the Chicago critics had actually attached greater significance to systematic reflection on the place, possibilities, and boundaries of the humanities. Their concept of literary analysis was subsequently intended to provide an example of what this kind of reflection could 29 Crane (1952a, 2); see also Sprinker (1985, 193).

81 See Berman (1988) and Wenzel (2001). 82 Particularly prominent here are the following popular handbooks edited by Cleanth Brooks and other New Critics: An Approach to Literature (1936), Understanding Poetry (1938), Understanding Fiction (1943), and Understanding Drama (1945). 2 above. 84 Crane et al. (1942). 85 Unlike his teachers, Crane, McKeon, and Olson, Wayne C. Booth worked out his position in discussions of literary works rather than in theoretical treatises. This, not least, may well be why Booth’s work found a resonance that the first generation of the Chicago school did not.

Even in the 1950s, Booth seems to have taken rhetoric as his conceptual starting point; in his Rhetoric of Rhetoric, he defines it as follows: ‘In short, rhetoric will be seen as the entire range of resources that human beings share for producing effects on one another’ (Booth 2004, xi; emphasis in original). 96 Booth (1952, 164; emphasis in original). 46 The Origins of the Implied Author Concept In discussing such ‘implied narrators or “authors”’, then, Booth was already, in 1952, concerned with the questions that lie at the heart of The Rhetoric of Fiction.

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