This book reinforces Franco Moretti's findings, by examining whether they apply to the relationship that Machado de Assis maintained with the serial novel, as a genre and format of publication of fiction invented in Europe, and with the means of literary production available in Rio de Janeiro.
Introduction Part I: The Format and Context of Reading 1. Machado de Assis's Novels in Serial and Book Form 2. Philosopher or Dog? and the Fashion Section of A Estação 3. Philosopher or Dog? and the Literary Section of A Estação Part II: Narrative Technique and the Two Versions 4. The Kaleidoscopic Narrative of Philosopher or Dog? 5. The First Version: Under the Sign of the Serial 6. From the Magazine to the Book: The Global View of the Novel 7. The Fictional Rhetoric of Philosopher or Dog? 8. Conclusion: Philosopher or Dog? The Beginning of the End of the Serial?