E. M. Forster: The Novels

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This practical approach to E.M. Forster's novels shows how coherent criticism evolves from close reading of short extracts. Mike Edwards discusses four of Forster's most commonly-studied works: A Room with a View; Howards End; A Passage to India and The Longest Journey. The major part of the book is devoted to sample analysis', with detailed guidance and suggestions for follow-up work. There is additional material on Forster's life and work and an introduction to critical ...

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Overview

This practical approach to E.M. Forster's novels shows how coherent criticism evolves from close reading of short extracts. Mike Edwards discusses four of Forster's most commonly-studied works: A Room with a View; Howards End; A Passage to India and The Longest Journey. The major part of the book is devoted to sample analysis', with detailed guidance and suggestions for follow-up work. There is additional material on Forster's life and work and an introduction to critical treatments of his novels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333922545
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Analysing Texts
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Edwards was previously Head of Humanities at Crosskeys College, Gwent.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
How to Use This Book
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Analysing E. M. Forster's Novels
1 First Impressions 3
The Longest Journey, Chapter 1: Rickie and his friends at Cambridge 4
A Room with a View, Chapter One: Dinner at the Bertolini 12
Howards End, I: Helen's letter 18
A Passage to India, I: The description of Chandrapore 24
2 Locations 36
The Longest Journey, Chapter 17: Rickie at Sawston 37
A Room with a View, Chapter 2: Lucy in Santa Croce 42
Howards End, VI: Leonard Bast's flat 49
A Passage to India, XII: The description of the caves 56
3 Characters 67
The Longest Journey, Chapter 21: Rickie's hopes of fatherhood 68
A Room with a View, Chapter Eight: The portrait of Cecil Vyse 74
Howards End, V: Leonard and Margaret at the concert 80
A Passage to India, VII: Ronny interrupts the gathering at Fielding's 85
4 Encounters 97
The Longest Journey, Chapter 14: Rickie and Agnes ignore Stephen 98
A Room with a View, Chapter Four: The murder in the Piazza Signoria 104
Howards End, XLI: The death of Leonard Bast 110
A Passage to India, XXXVI: The collision of the boats 114
5 Relationships 124
The Longest Journey, Chapter 33: Agnes and Herbert discuss Rickie 125
A Room with a View, Chapter Nine: Cecil kisses Lucy 132
Howards End, XXII: Margaret's relationship with Henry 137
A Passage to India, XXXVI: The conversation between Aziz and Ralph 142
6 Conclusions 152
The Longest Journey, Chapter 35: Stephen and his daughter on the Downs 153
A Room with a View, Chapter Twenty: Lucy and George in Florence 158
Howards End, XLIV: Harvest Time at Howards End 163
A Passage to India, XXXVII: The last ride of Aziz and Fielding 167
Pt. 2 The Context and the Critics
7 E. M. Forster's Life and Work 179
8 The Context of E. M. Forster's Work 185
9 Some Critical Approaches 196
Malcolm Bradbury 197
James Buzard 201
Richard Dellamora 204
Nicholas Royle 206
Further Reading 211
List of Passages Discussed 214
Index 219
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