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Arthur Krystal

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092165

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092165.001.0001

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Looking for a Good Argument: Argument and the Novel

Looking for a Good Argument: Argument and the Novel

(p.149) 13 Looking for a Good Argument: Argument and the Novel

Arthur Krystal

Yale University Press

This chapter is about the role of argument in novels. It suggests that every genuine novel implicitly argues its relation to the world and that the debate in the text is only one of several narrative devices at the writer's disposal. It traces the origins of argument in literature to the Greeks and argues that it will never cease as long as people continue to think.

Keywords:   argument, novels, debate, narrative devices, argument in literature

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