Novels and Arguments

Inventing Rhetorical Criticism

Author: Zahava Karl McKeon

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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In this absorbing study—the first comprehensive exploration of the rhetoric of the novel—Zahava Karl McKeon investigates the complex interrelations of critical poetics, grammars, dialectics, and rhetorics to devise a systematic means of dealing with the structure of prose works as communicative objects. Using the vocabulary and conceptual resources of Aristotle and Cicero, she pursues this exploration to discover the kinds of arguments that characterize novels, to find a way of distinguishing novels from other discursive wholes, and to discriminate different genres of the novel. McKeon's arguments are supplemented by readings of a variety of texts, including the novels and stories of Gunter Grass, John Fowles, Robert Coover, and Flannery O'Connor.

Novel Arguments

Reading Innovative American Fiction

Author: Richard Walsh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 179

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Novel Arguments, first published in 1995, argues that innovative fiction extends our ways of thinking about the world.

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

A Work of Fiction

Author: Rebecca Goldstein

Publisher: Pantheon


Category: Fiction

Page: 402

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Elevated to celebrity by his best-selling book, psychology professor Cass Seltzer finds his relationship with a fellow theorist challenged by a former girlfriend's invitation to join her biochemistry experiment in immortality, an effort that is further complicated by his ongoing quest to understand religion.


Author: The School of Life

Publisher: School of Life


Category: Interpersonal communication

Page: 160

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A practical and definitive guide to arguments in love, teaching us how to argue more effectively.

The Argument

Author: William Boyd

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 72

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That's why we shout and scream at each other. Clears the air. A kind of truth begins to emerge. We see clearer. Pip and Meredith have had a bust-up. It was only about their opinion of a film, but it's led to more significant differences coming to light. Pip has been having an affair for the past three months with a young colleague at work. Meredith's slate doesn't seem to be entirely clean either. As their families and friends become embroiled in Pip and Meredith's separation, past prejudices, harsh judgements and painful truths come to light. The arguments that ensue go beyond just being about Pip and Meredith, and what they should do about their marriage. In nine taut scenes, William Boyd explores what it is to argue with those we love - and those we should love. He looks at our propensity to judge others and our power to hurt. Alongside this, he shows how it can sometimes be the superficial problems in a relationship that keep it going. Both bleak and funny in its tone, The Argument offers a Strindberg-like take on human dynamics and received its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2016.

The Novels of Shashi Deshpande in Postcolonial Arguments

Author: Mrinalini Sebastian



Category: Decolonization in literature

Page: 248

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This Book Analyses Some Of The Arguments Of Major Postcolonial Thinkers Such As Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak And Homi K. Bhabha. It Discusses The Possibility Of Postcolonial Readings Of Literary Texts And Presents The Novels Shashi Deshpande In A Postcolonial Framework.

Post-national Arguments

The Politics of the Anglophone-Canadian Novel Since 1967

Author: Frank Davey



Category: Fiction

Page: 277

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The author's focus is on the implicit (not the overt) politics of 16 Canadian novels, written since 1967. The novels were selected because they have been important to particular Canadian audiences, offer some portrayal of Canada, and are useful as vehicles for discussion of Canadian-US relations. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Narration as Argument

Author: Paula Olmos

Publisher: Springer


Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

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This book presents reflections on the relationship between narratives and argumentative discourse. It focuses on their functional and structural similarities or dissimilarities, and offers diverse perspectives and conceptual tools for analyzing the narratives’ potential power for justification, explanation and persuasion. Divided into two sections, the first Part, under the title “Narratives as Sources of Knowledge and Argument”, includes five chapters addressing rather general, theoretical and characteristically philosophical issues related to the argumentative analysis and understanding of narratives. We may perceive here how scholars in Argumentation Theory have recently approached certain topics that have a close connection with mainstream discussions in epistemology and the cognitive sciences about the justificatory potential of narratives. The second Part, entitled “Argumentative Narratives in Context”, brings us six more chapters that concentrate on either particular functions played by argumentatively-oriented narratives or particular practices that may benefit from the use of special kinds of narratives. Here the focus is either on the detailed analysis of contextualized examples of narratives with argumentative qualities or on the careful understanding of the particular demands of certain well-defined situated activities, as diverse as scientific theorizing or war policing, that may be satisfied by certain uses of narrative discourse.

Cengage Advantage Books: Understanding Arguments, Concise Edition

Author: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Publisher: Cengage Learning


Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENTS, CONCISE EDITION, 1E uses everyday life experiences to teach the basics of informal logic. By taking out the non-essential instruction, this edition hones in on the argument construction involved in day-to-day life, and how to do it better. Plus, to round out the discussion, CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENTS, CONCISE EDITION, 1E includes a three-chapter overview of formal logic as well. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Young Adult Novels about Death and Dying

Arguments for Reading about Terminal Illness and Suicide

Author: Matthew I. Johnson



Category: Death

Page: 99

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This thesis outlines how quality Young Adult literature can have a positive impact in opening a discussion about death and suicide with adolescents. A definition of quality Young Adult literature is established, as is how YA literature addresses the specific needs and interests of adolescent readers, particularly as it relates to controversial subjects. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's study on death and the dying is also used to show how YA fiction realistically presents death. Adolescent characters frequently demonstrate the stages of dying Kubler-Ross discovered in her research. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why are used as examples of well-written YA novels that address death. Green's novel is analyzed by examining the stages of dying present during a terminal illness and how empathy and understanding is encouraged through the use of metaphors. Asher's novel is analyzed by examining how the controversial theme of adolescent suicide is addressed through the perspective of the adolescent narrator. By understanding the signs of suicidal behavior demonstrated by some of the characters, empathy and prevention are encouraged. Both Green's and Asher's novels demonstrate healthy and effective ways for adolescents to understand death, dying, and the world around them.

Great Books, Bad Arguments

Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto

Author: W. G. Runciman

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Why Plato, Hobbes, and Marx are great—despite their arguments Plato's Republic, Hobbes's Leviathan, and Marx's Communist Manifesto are universally acknowledged classics of Western political thought. But how strong are the core arguments on which they base their visions of the good society that they want to bring into being? In this lively and provocative book, W. G. Runciman shows where and why they fail, even after due allowance has been made for the different historical contexts in which they wrote. Plato, Hobbes, and Marx were all passionately convinced that justice, peace, and order could be established if only their teachings were implemented and the right people put into power. But Runciman makes a powerful case to the effect that all three were irredeemably naive in their assumptions about how human societies function and evolve and how human behavior could be changed. Yet despite this, Runciman insists that Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto remain great books. Born of righteous anger and frustration, they are masterfully eloquent pleas for better worlds—worlds that Plato, Hobbes, and Marx cannot bring themselves to admit to be unattainable.


Author: Robert Mayer



Category: Self-Help

Page: 246

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"Getting things to go your way: Mayer tells you what to say and how to say it. This is the kind of book we all badly need but seldom see."- Richard Freedman, Retired CEO, Pottery Barn Inc. How To Win Any Argument teaches you a better way to win arguments without quarrelling, wrangling, squabbling, tussling, bickering, raising your voice, losing your cool, or, worst, coming to blows! The art of argument is mysterious and powerful. It's the art of having things go your way. But it's also the art of getting out of your own way. This is a new normal where things are different and difficult. This is a time when conversations are tougher, disagreements are more frequent, and conflicts are more trying. How to Win Any Argument is a timely intervention to make you win any argument in these tough times.

Dreaming the Graphic Novel

The Novelization of Comics

Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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The term “graphic novel” was first coined in 1964, but it wouldn’t be broadly used until the 1980s, when graphic novels such as Watchmen and Maus achieved commercial success and critical acclaim. What happened in the intervening years, after the graphic novel was conceptualized yet before it was widely recognized? Dreaming the Graphic Novel examines how notions of the graphic novel began to coalesce in the 1970s, a time of great change for American comics, with declining sales of mainstream periodicals, the arrival of specialty comics stores, and (at least initially) a thriving underground comix scene. Surveying the eclectic array of long comics narratives that emerged from this fertile period, Paul Williams investigates many texts that have fallen out of graphic novel history. As he demonstrates, the question of what makes a text a ‘graphic novel’ was the subject of fierce debate among fans, creators, and publishers, inspiring arguments about the literariness of comics that are still taking place among scholars today. Unearthing a treasure trove of fanzines, adverts, and unpublished letters, Dreaming the Graphic Novel gives readers an exciting inside look at a pivotal moment in the art form’s development.

Hegel: Arguments Philosophers

Author: M.J. Inwood

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Philosophy

Page: 599

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This clear, critical examination makes Hegels arguments fully accessible. Hegel's system is considered as a whole and examines the wide range of problems that it was designed to solve.

Ad Hominem Arguments

Author: Douglas Walton

Publisher: University of Alabama Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 315

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Douglas Walton presents a clear account of the structure of the ad hominem argument and how that structure can be used to evaluate specific cases of this type of argumentation as fallacious or not.

Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards

Author: Sara MacDonald

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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In Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards, MacDonald and Craig explore the Christian foundation of Richards’s writing and reveal an account of freedom that is fulfilled only in love.

Challenges and Advantages of Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Author: Nicky Jan




Page: 26

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Seminar paper from the year 2017 in the subject English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature Studies, grade: 2,3, University of Frankfurt (Main), language: English, abstract: In the following chapters definitions and a short scientific reflection on graphic novels are provided, as well as the research study poster and the book presentation which were conducted in the seminar. Graphic novels - a term that is used diligently by educators, teachers, parents and their children in recent years. It is indisputable that graphic novels have an increasing fan base. One can find graphic novel supporters advocating the use of it as a new text format in the classroom and opponents who are taking a skeptical view towards graphic novels. I personally have never been a fan of comics or graphic novels, because I never really got in touch with them during my school career. "Graphic Novels and Research" was the second seminar about graphic novels I attended at university to enhance my knowledge and especially on how to use comics in the EFL classroom. Graphic novels do not necessarily need text to be understood, the reader can freely interpret and analyze what the depicted story means to him. In the EFL classroom graphic novels should be used more often and well-considered, because students are animated to think about the content from another point of view. Some topics might be about sociology, history, gender or culture, many of those topics might be easier understood if adapted as a graphic novel. Students improve their reading competence, transcultural competence and their visual literacy. Hence, graphic novels are a creative, visualized way of approaching and teaching in the EFL classroom.

The Anatomy of the Novel

Author: Marjorie Boulton



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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First published in 1975, this title provides an introduction to the study of the novel. Marjorie Boulton deals systematically with the major elements of plot, character, authorial conventions, narrative structure, and dialogue and distinguishes different types of fiction. The emphasis is on the mainstream novel, with examples and arguments illustrated by quotations from five classics. Of particular value to students of English Literature, this reissue aims to help the reader 'not only to read novels more discerningly and to discuss them more profitably, but also to relish the reading more'.