Giuliana Adamo

On the Beginnings and Endings of Novels

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Keywords: Novel, Beginning, Ending, Classical Rhetoric, Literary Theory.

This article addresses a number of issues regarding the characteristics of the beginnings and endings of novels. A survey ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary studies, with the addition of a more pragmatic approach to the subject, makes it possible to identify links between the ancient rules of opening and concluding orations and the conventions used by writers in novels which reflect our anthropological mindset.

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