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How to spot a liar in literature

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Duration: 0:12:46 | Added: 11 Jun 2015
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Duration: 0:12:46 | Added: 11 Jun 2015
An introduction to the theory of unreliable narration and outlines two critical approaches: the cognitivist and the rhetorical.

Body language experts and polygraph tests can help us to determine when we are being deceived, but how do we know whether the narrator in a literary text is lying to us? This talk provides an introduction to the theory of unreliable narration and outlines two critical approaches: the cognitivist and the rhetorical. Using examples from Günter Grass’s 1959 novel The Tin Drum I demonstrate how we can tell when a narrator is telling tall tales and how that changes the way we read.

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