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"Out of Context, In Your Heart: Some thoughts on narratology of the moment" Bookmark and Share

Mar 16

6 p.m. @ Edwards Recital Hall
Free

Narrative theorist Peter Rabinowitz, professor of comparative literature at Hamilton College, examines many readers' tendencies to return to a favorite passage in a novel again and again. Because a traditional academic approach insists on the priority of the whole and considers passages only in terms of the work's larger structure, readers treat their delight in smaller excerpts as guilty pleasures, not as an experience worthy of serious analysis. Rabinowitz liberates the reader and the beloved passages by explaining why certain arrative moments affect us the way they do, exploring what he calls "narrative flavor."

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