1st Edition

Fictions at Work
Language and Social Practice in Fiction

ISBN 9780582085237
Published May 19, 1995 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, Mary Talbot shows how fiction works in the constitution and reproduction of social life. She discusses both `high' and `low' fiction, combining discussion of social context with language analysis. Examples are taken from children's tales, romance, horror and science in her language analysis.

Table of Contents


Part I: Fiction as social practice
1. What is Fiction?
2. Discourses, readers, genres
3. Intertextuality and text population

Part II: Fiction and social reproduction
4. Escaping into romance
5. Confronting horror

Part III: Fiction and social change
6. Fiction and empowerment
7. Feminist science fiction


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