Reading for the Truth: Rhetorical Constructions in Norwegian Fiction PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Jan Sjåvik

Reading for the Truth: Rhetorical Constructions in Norwegian Fiction

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Publication date: March 2004
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Through detailed discussion of central works in Norwegian fiction, Reading for the Truth illustrates and substantiates some important points in the theory of literary interpretation. Inspired by Donald Davidson's epistemological concept of triangulation, the author argues that intersubjective literary interpretation is an attractive alternative to critical practices that focus either on authorial intention or on the ability of readers to impute to a text whatever meaning they like. For when the meaning of a text is arrived at intersubjectively by two or more readers it is much more likely to be an instance of critical truth than when its meaning is assigned by an single reader or critic On the basis of this view of literary interpretation, the author discusses such canonical works as Arne Garborg, Peace (1892), Knut Hamsun, Pan (1894), and Ole E. Rølvaag, Giants in the Earth (1924), as well as short stories by Maurits Hansen, Alexander L. Kielland, and Terje Stigen. Focusing on the role of rhetoric and irony in these texts, Sjåvik shows how an intersubjective approach is advantageous, if not indeed necessary, in any serious attempt to establish their meaning.
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