Ariadne's Thread: Story Lines

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In this brilliant and engaging book, one of America's leading literary critics explores the intricacies of narrative theory. Drawing on the mythical image of Ariadne's thread, J. Hillis Miller traces out the 'line' so often associated with narrative through a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works. In the process he illuminates the nature of literature as well as the nature of narrative.

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About the author (1992)

J. Hillis Miller, Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic. He was born in Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Oberlin College. He also went on to earn a master's degree from Harvard University. From 1952 to 1972, Miller taught at Johns Hopkins University. Miller's works include The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers; The Form of Victorian Fiction: Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope, George Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy; Versions of Pygmalion; Hawthorne & History: Defacing It; Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James; The Conflagration of Community: Fiction Before and After Auschwitz, and Reading for Our Time: Adam Bede and Middlemarch Revisited.

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