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Posted March 21, 2014
a wonderful piece of literary criticism from a master.
The inimitable Hugh Kenner explores the way that the technology of the book has influenced the form of the novel. Where the classic novel has taken the form of a transcribed oral narrative, a voice speaking a story, the trio of Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett pushed the novel into non-narrative directions modeled on the technological artifacts of print culture. Flaubert parodies the encyclopedia; Joyce tries to stuff a city into a novel, like a geographical gazette; whereas Beckett delights in endless modal permutations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.