Language Of Fiction

Language Of Fiction

by David Lodge
     
 

Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the renowned novelist and critic David Lodge. His uniquely informed perspective - he was already the author of three successful novels at the time of its first publication in 1966 - and lucid exposition meant that the work proved a landmark of literary criticism, not least because it succeeded inSee more details below

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Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the renowned novelist and critic David Lodge. His uniquely informed perspective - he was already the author of three successful novels at the time of its first publication in 1966 - and lucid exposition meant that the work proved a landmark of literary criticism, not least because it succeeded in communicating a radically new vision of English literature to a readership that reached well beyond the bounds of the academy. Now reissued with a new foreword, this major work from the pen of one of England's finest living writers is essential reading for all those who care about the creation and appreciation of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415290029
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
Classics Series
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
Modern Criticism and Literary Language7
Poetry and Prose8
F. W. Bateson: Ideas and Logic13
Christopher Caudwell: The Current of Mock Reality16
The Argument from Translation19
Proust and Scott Moncrieff Compared22
Translation: Poetry and Prose25
The Argument from Bad Writing28
The Modern Movement in Fiction: A Digression30
Summary of Arguments32
J. M. Cameron: These Words in this Order35
Language and Fictional Illusion41
F. W. Bateson and B. Shakevitch: Particularity45
Conclusions to Section 149
Concepts of Style52
Stylistics55
Style and Modern Linguistics60
M. Riffaterre: Scientific Stylistics61
J. Warburg: Appropriate Choice64
F. R. Leavis and the Moral Dimension of Fiction69
Conclusions: Principles74
Conclusions: Methods83
Repetition87
The Vocabulary of 'Mansfield Park'98
Fire and Eye: Charlotte Bronte's War of Earthly Elements120
The Rhetoric of 'Hard Times'153
Tess, Nature, and the Voices of Hardy174
Strether by the River200
'Tono-Bungay' and the Condition of England227
The Modern, The Contemporary, and the Importance of being Amis259
Afterword to the Second Edition (1984)286
References301
Index315

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