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Plotting to Kill (Writing About Women)

Armine Kotin Mortimer

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ISBN 10: 0820414352 / ISBN 13: 9780820414355
Published by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 1991
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Title: Plotting to Kill (Writing About Women)

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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In seven highly autobiographical French novels from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, fiction brings to real life a simple resolution. These novels plot to kill a female character based on a woman in the author's life, a person who was still alive when the novel was published.
Because these novels both depend on and radically diverge from autobiographical reality, they are uniquely instructive about the nature of fiction itself. Reading the life stories in relation to the plots, Mortimer brings into sharp critical focus plot, plotting, and the plotable. Always interesting, often revealing, this probing analysis of a special type of autobiographical fiction, with its distinctive treatment of real and fictionalized women, will stimulate and entertain the reader.Corinne, " Constant's "Adolphe, " Gide's "L'immoraliste" and "La porte etroite, " Alain-Fournier's "Le grand Meaulnes, " Radiguet's "Le diable au corps, " and Beauvoir's "L'invitee.""


-Mortimer has produced a solid narratological study with the fascination of a good detective story. Her rich analyses of how the actual experience of these writers enters the main plots and subtexts of their fiction bring new insights to these well-known works.- (Mary Anne O'Neil, PHL)
-Mortimer...has succeeded in shedding fresh light on important works of fiction and in redefining significant aspects of the complex relations between fiction, truth, autobiography, plot, mimesis, and referentiality.- (Gita May, French Review)

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