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Adventure, Mystery and Romance - 76 edition

Adventure, Mystery and Romance (ISBN10: 0226098672; ISBN13: 9780226098678)
ISBN13: 978-0226098678
ISBN10: 0226098672

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0226098661
ISBN10: 0226098664

Summary: In this first general theory for the analysis of popular literary formulas, John G. Cawelti reveals the artistry that underlies the best in formulaic literature. Cawelti discusses such seemingly diverse works as Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Dorothy Sayers's The Nine Tailors, and Owen Wister's The Virginianin the light of his hypotheses about the cultural function of formula literature. He describes the most important artistic characteristics of popular formula stories and the differen
ces between this literature and that commonly labeled ''high'' or ''serious'' literature. He also defines the archetypal patterns of adventure, mystery, romance, melodrama, and fantasy, and offers a tentative account of their basis in human psychology.
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Summary: In this first general theory for the analysis of popular literary formulas, John G. Cawelti reveals the artistry that underlies the best in formulaic literature. Cawelti discusses such seemingly diverse works as Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Dorothy Sayers's The Nine Tailors, and Owen Wister's The Virginianin the light of his hypotheses about the cultural function of formula literature. He describes the most important artistic characteristics of popular formula stories and the differences between this literature and that commonly labeled ''high'' or ''serious'' literature. He also defines the archetypal patterns of adventure, mystery, romance, melodrama, and fantasy, and offers a tentative account of their basis in human psychology. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 76
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 07/28/1977
International: No

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