Item #274474 Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction. Barbara C. Foley.

Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

Cornell University Press, May 1986. First Edition. Cloth. Used - Very Good / Good. Item #274474
ISBN: 0801418771

Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current Marxist critics. Foley maintains that Marxist theory has yet to produce a satisfactory theory of mimesis or of the development of genres, and she addresses such key issues as the problem of reference and the nature of generic distinctions. Among the authors whom Foley treats are Defoe, Scott, George Eliot, Joyce, Isherwood, Dos Passos, William Wells Brown, Ishmael Reed, and Ernest Gaines.


Octavo in dustjacket with one-inch tear top edge near spine. DJ is discolored at margins. Brick red boards with silver lettering along spine. Pinkish-grey end pages. Slightly bowed boards. Tightly bound. {273 pages]

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