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Genuine Fraud

by E Lockhart

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Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart
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    Sep 2017, 288 pages

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Beyond the Book:
Unreliable Narrators and Ourselves

Unreliable NarratorAmerican literary critic Wayne C. Booth coined the term "unreliable narrator" in 1961 in his most famous book, The Rhetoric of Fiction, and the concept was later refined by Hamilton College professor and narrative theorist Peter J. Rabinowitz: whether it is clear from the outset or revealed at the end, the unreliable narrator causes readers to question what they have read, and to reevaluate the message of the text. This may sound counterproductive, but sometimes, by not being able to fully trust in the world they become invested in, readers can explore the themes of the text more deeply – precisely because the validity of what is presented has to be questioned.

Without question, Jule – in E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud – is an unreliable narrator, and studying her is a great way to truly get a sense of the literary device. The more we learn about Jule and her motivations, the less we can trust what she is saying and the less we believe the ways she reads the other ...

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