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Author Paine, Jonathan, author

Title Selling the story : transaction and narrative value in Balzac, Dostoevsky, and Zola / Jonathan Paine
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019
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Contents Introduction: The economics of narrative -- Balzac: narrative as business -- Dostoevsky: who buys the story? -- Zola: the business of narrative
Summary Does the need to write for money affect what is written? Selling the Story addresses the issue of how the business of literature influences its very composition. Authors participate in a marketplace in which the reader is the target of a literary "sell." Using as examples Balzac, Dostoevsky, and Zola, Jonathan Paine shows how major works reflect their authors' differing "point of sale" perspectives on reader response and the market for literature. Uncovering this process opens a new role for economic criticism and offers new and original readings of canonical texts. Paine contends that "selling the story" to the reader, both literally and figuratively, is a genuine transaction which can be analyzed in economic terms. An author's choice of transaction type - prospectus, auction or speculation - can reveal much about his approach to the creation of literary value. Even an author's fictional representation of transactions in novels can show distinct and differentiated approaches to the business of literature. This "point-of-sale" analysis represents a distinctive new departure in economic criticism.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850 -- Criticism and interpretation
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Criticism and interpretation
Zola, Émile, 1840-1902 -- Criticism and interpretation
Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
Zola, Émile, 1840-1902.
Authorship -- Marketing -- History -- 19th century
Economics and literature -- History -- 19th century
Publishers and publishing -- History -- 19th century
Serialized fiction -- History and criticism
Authorship -- Marketing.
Economics and literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French
Publishers and publishing.
Serialized fiction.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 067424303X (electronic bk.)
9780674243033 (electronic bk.)