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The Romance of Failure

First-Person Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James

The Romance of Failure by Jonathan Auerbach
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This book focuses on the intense intimacy between author and first-person narrator in the fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James in order to defend the beleaguered "I" in these works against the depersonalizing tendencies of postructuralism. In reaffirming the importance of the human subject for the study of narrative, Auerbach shows how the first person form, in particular, underscores fundamental problems of literary representation: how fictions come to be made, and the relation between these plots and the people who make them.
Oxford University Press; April 1989
212 pages; ISBN 9780195345254
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Title: The Romance of Failure
Author: Jonathan Auerbach
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