Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions / Edition 1

Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions / Edition 1

by Vicki Mahaffey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631213066

ISBN-13: 9780631213062

Pub. Date: 01/12/2007

Publisher: Wiley

"Challenging Fiction" is a double entendre. This unusual book argues that modernist fiction is not only difficult (or challenging) to read, it also provokes readers to challenge the fictions that they live by. To read modernist literature in a way that unlocks its humor, its discomfiting insights, and its strong emotional undercurrents, a reader must be both

Overview

"Challenging Fiction" is a double entendre. This unusual book argues that modernist fiction is not only difficult (or challenging) to read, it also provokes readers to challenge the fictions that they live by. To read modernist literature in a way that unlocks its humor, its discomfiting insights, and its strong emotional undercurrents, a reader must be both receptive and resistant to the author’s perspective, actively challenging it with his or her own experience, knowledge, and sensibilities.

Using writers as diverse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Oscar Wilde, and Jean Rhys, this book demonstrates that the rewards of "challenging fiction" are considerable, and unexpected.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631213062
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/12/2007
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vi
Acknowledgments     xx
Introduction     1
Why Read Challenging Literature?     3
Readings     71
Partnering: Holmes and Watson, Author and Reader, Lover and Loved, Man and Wife     73
Window Painting: The Art of Blocking Understanding     124
Watchman, What of the Night?     169
Conclusion     200
Notes     203
Bibliography     226
Index     231

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