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Hindsight and Insight William F. Edmiston

Hindsight and Insight

William F. Edmiston

Published April 25th 1991
ISBN : 9780271007311
Hardcover
220 pages
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William F. Edmiston revises current theories of what narratologists call focalization and applies his revised theory to four eighteenth-century French memoir-novels.Hindsight and Insight contributes to our knowledge of the history and evolution ofMoreWilliam F. Edmiston revises current theories of what narratologists call focalization and applies his revised theory to four eighteenth-century French memoir-novels.Hindsight and Insight contributes to our knowledge of the history and evolution of the novel by demonstrating that Frances earliest novelists were already engaged in the kinds of narrative experimentation that are usually associated with modern writers. It presents an analysis of the narrative point of view in both its theoretical aspects and its practical applications. Edmiston exposes the inadequacies of current concepts of focalization and proposes a revised concept that is applicable to personal narration, one that can accommodate all the focal possibilities available to the first-person narrator. He applies this concept to four French memior-novels: Les Egarements du coeur et de lesprit by Marivaux, Manon Lescaut by Prevost, and La Religieuse by Diderot.Each of these well-known novels offers a different case study and raises specific theoretical questions of selective focalization, forms of reported speech, problems of temporal ambiguity, manipulation of the reader, narratorial reliability, and cognitive privilege. Edmistons study proposes a reading of the novels that resolves certain problems of interpretation raised by other recent studies.