Poetics of Prose
This creative yet scholarly book discusses prose's important relationship to close literary analysis, showing how such an approach can be beneficial for readers, scholars, and writers alike. Bringing together a literary history that consists of writers such as Lermontov, Chekhov, Camus, and Calvino, Mark Axelrod masterfully interweaves discussions of structure, context, genre, plot, and other key elements often applied to poetry but seldom applied to various forms of prose in order to offer bold and surprisingly fresh claims about the writer's purpose. By peeling back these layers of technique and style, this book opens up discussions to better understand and appreciate great dramatists, writers, and poets throughout time by returning back to the core elements that originally comprised their writing crafts.
Amalgamates scholarly analysis with the experience of a creative writerIncludes discussions about writers ranging from Chekhov to Camus to CalvinoProvides useful insights for scholars of literature, particularly comparative literature, but also creative writers and general enthusiasts interested in the writing craft.