Konzeption Empirische Literaturwissenschaft

The Social Dimensions of Fiction

On the Rhetoric and Function of Prefacing Novels in the Nineteenth-Century Canadas

Authors: Zepetnek, Steven Tötösy de

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This work is a comparative study of nineteenth-century English-Canadian and French­ Canadian novel prefaces, a previously unexplored literary topic. As a study in Comparative Literature - with the application of a specific literary framework and methodology - the study conforms to theoretical and methodological postulates formulated in and prescribed by this framework when applied. This a priori postulate necessitates that the research on and the presentation of the Canadian novel preface be carried out in a specific manner, as follows. First, the study will establish the hypothesis that the preface to nineteenth-century English-Canadian and French-Canadian novels is a genre in its own right. This hypothesis will rest on the following: 1) a taxonomical survey of related terms meaning "preface"; 2) a survey of secondary Iiterature of works dealing with the preface; 3) a discussion of the theoretical framework and methodology of the Empirical Theory of Literature and its appropriateness for the study of the preface; and 4) a discussion of the process of the compilation of the corpus of nineteenth-century Canadian novel prefaces (Chapter one). In a second step, the theoretical postulate outlined in the hypothesis will be put into practice by the development and production of a preface typology (Chapter two). In a third step, further tenets of the Empirical Theory of Literature will be tested on the corpus of the prefaces (Chapter three). In a fourth step, the prefaces will be analysed following the tenets formulated in and prescribed by the systemic framework applied (Chapter four).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven

  • The Theoretical Foundations of the Study of Prefaces and the Corpus of the Nineteenth-Century Canadian Novel Prefaces

    Pages 5-35

    Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven

  • A Typology of Nineteenth-Century Canadian Novel Prefaces

    Pages 37-88

    Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven

  • Systemic Data in the Canadian Novel Prefaces

    Pages 89-103

    Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven

  • Analysis of the Systemic Dimensions of the Preface Typologies and of the Systemic Data of the Prefaces

    Pages 105-140

    Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social Dimensions of Fiction
Book Subtitle
On the Rhetoric and Function of Prefacing Novels in the Nineteenth-Century Canadas
Authors
Series Title
Konzeption Empirische Literaturwissenschaft
Series Volume
15
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Vieweg+Teubner Verlag
Copyright Holder
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-663-13909-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-663-13909-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-528-07335-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 191
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