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Rhetorical Deception in the Short Fiction of Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville

Studies in Comparative Literature No. 23

By (author) Terry J. Martin
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 1998
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773482407
ISBN-13: 9780773482401
Barcode No: 9780773482401
Synopsis
This study analyzes an innovative rhetorical strategy employed in certain of the most challenging and misunderstood stories of American Renaissance, including "Young Goodman Brown", "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "Benito Cereno". In these stories the reader is forced to take the view of a character who is self-deluded and implicated in crime, yet whose nature is never explicitly revealed, except through the works latent symbolic structure. The study seeks to offer original readings of these stories, identifying them as a significant sub-genre of the modern short story.

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