22.8 x 15.2 cm
Imprint: Camden House
The Formal Center in Literature
Explorations from Poe to the Present
"Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance" in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Retracing Our Steps in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Man of the Crowd"
"Scrutinizing the Parchment More Closely": The Form of "The Gold-Bug" and Its Relationship to That of the Dupin Tales
Form and Reform in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Earth's Holocaust"
The Circle and Its Center in Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
Chiasmus in Henry David Thoreau's Walden
The Mythological Centers of Lewis Carroll's Alice Books
Table as Text in James Joyce's "The Dead"
The Structure of Sherwood Anderson's "Hands"
The Architecture of Ernest Hemingway's "The Three-Day Blow"
Balance in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
Framing Caesar in Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep
The Ridge of the Domino in Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train
The "X in the Air" in Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
The Hybrid Center of Zadie Smith's White Teeth
"[O]riginating mostly in the classroom, many of Kopley's chapters would furnish excellent texts to teach in combination with their primary materials, as they alert students to the formal aspects of literary writing. The historic and thematic breadth of the texts under discussion also adds to the persuasiveness of Kopley's argument for the relevance of the center, opening up intriguing possibilities for further chapters in the cultural history of the literary center. [...] [I]n drawing attention to a still strangely underdiscussed aspect of form, Kopley's ideas deserve to be in our center of attention." American Studies Quarterly
"Richard Kopley's The Formal Center in Literature presents a stimulating example of (very) close reading. [...] The rhetorical approach (along with close reading itself ) is worth promoting in an era of mass theory often divorced from actual texts. In the end, Kopley's intellectual game encourages its players to search for literary buried treasure. But finding the formal centre of texts has a more profound dimension: it offers general readers and students a new critical tool to develop their own skills of reading and analysis." Modern Language Review
"The Formal Center in Literature is a lively read that returns a consideration of form to the center of the reader's attention." Edgar Allan Poe Review
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Imprint: Camden House