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THE WRITER WRITING:
PHILOSOPHIC ACTS IN LITERATURE
FRANCIS-NOEL THOMAS

1992 by Princeton University Press

CONTENTS

Foreword by Wayne C. Booth  
Preface  
Acknowledgements  
   
ONE The Writer Writing
   
TWO 'Intentions' and 'Purposes'
     Interpretation and Actions
     Intention and Historical Interpretation
     Purpose and Literary Art
   
THREE 'Parody' or the Imitation of Disciplines
   
FOUR Explanations
     "Scientific" Explanation
     "Processive" Explanation
   
FIVE Bernard Shaw: Historical Explanation
     "A Frankly Doctrinal Theatre"
     G.B.S.
     G.B.S. in the Theatre
     G.B.S. as Historian
     Saint Joan: The Argument and Function of the Preface
     The Scope of the Play
     The Play of Saint Joan: Structure and Mechanism
     The Epilogue
   
SIX Marcel Proust: Psychological Explanation
     The Book and the Man
     "Psychology in Space and Time"
     The Syllabus of Errors
     The Triumph of the Will
     The Historical Author, the Narrator, and Their Books
   
SEVEN Historical Interpretation: The Face of the Muse and the Baker's Daughter
   
Index  

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Frontispiece: Jan Vermeer, A Lady Writing (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art).

Gift of Harry Waldron Havemeyer and Horace Havemeyer, Jr. in memory of their father, Horace Havemeyer.

Plate 1: Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Luke Painting the Virgin (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts).

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson. Coutesey, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Plate 2: Jan Vermeer, The Art of Painting (Vienna: Kunsthistorichesmuseum)

Plate 3: Jan Vermeer, detail: the face of the muse from Jan Vermeer, The Art of Painting (Vienna: Kunsthistorichesmuseum)



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