The Lives of Texts

The Lives of Texts

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The Lives of Texts: Exploring the Metaphor examines various instances of a€œtextual subsistencea€ implied by the title. Drawing on the parallel between a text and a living organism, the contributors analyze various literary texts ranging from the Middle Ages to postmodernity, as well as film adaptations and the graphic novel. Apart from the works of canonical writers, attention is also drawn to some long-forgotten authors, along with the most recent instances of popular literature and culture. The exploration of the title metaphor allows the contributors to trace life-like phenomena (e.g. textual birth, maturation, dissemination, death and resurrection) in the texts of writers so remote from each other as Layamon, Thomas More, Mary Shelley, Charles Williams, Ursula Le Guin, A. S. Byatt, Peter Ackroyd, Iain Banks, J. K. Rowling, or Neil Gaiman.The novel reproduces Federico de la Fea#39;s diagram, its form immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with Gustav Freytaga#39;s ... book and thus indeed should be located more or less at the bottom of the rising-action line of the Freytag pyramid.

Title:The Lives of Texts
Author: Andrzej Kowalczyk, Katarzyna Pisarska
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2014-07-24

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