The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 / Edition 1

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The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 is a comprehensive collection of the most influential writings from the twentieth century on the theory of the novel. This volume charts the invention of novel theory as a field, its rise to prominence within literary studies, and the expansion of its influence into interdisciplinary theories of society, politics, and culture.

The anthology is broad in scope, featuring sections on formalism; the Chicago School; structuralism and narratology; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; Marxism; social discourse; gender; post-colonialism; and more. Critical introductions to each section help students to see connections between different schools of thought. Other aids to study include a volume introduction, selected bibliographies, a comprehensive index, and short author biographies. Whole essays or chapters are included wherever possible.

The anthology as a whole encourages students to approach theoretical texts with confidence, applying the same skills they bring to literary texts.

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“Readers of Dorothy J. Hale's The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 will find the volume to be two books in one. One book is the anthology proper, which brings together essays that theorize the complex nature and history of novelistic fiction. Those essays became classroom classics in colleges and universities during the last forty years of the 20th century. The second is a virtual book of its own comprised of Hale's brilliant introductions to the theoretical essays. Elaborating each of the essays, interweaving their significance and the significance of the schools of theory from which the essays derive, Hale's meditations are a supplemental bonus to all teachers and students with a taste for ‘novel theory.’ ” Robert L. Caserio, author of Plot, Story and the Novel and The Novel in England 1900-1950: History and Theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405107747
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/14/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy J. Hale is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present (1998), which won the George and Barbara Perkins Prize given yearly by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature for the best book published on narrative.

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Table of Contents

1 "Sterne's Tristram Shandy" 31
2 From Morphology of the folktale 54
3 Preface to The portrait of a lady 65
Preface to The ambassadors 65
4 From The craft to fiction 86
5 "Rhetorical criticism : theory of genres" 97
6 From "The concept of plot and the plot of Tom Jones" 119
7 "Richardson to Austen" 140
8 From The rhetoric of fiction 154
9 "Language and literature" 205
"The grammar of narrative" 205
10 "Discourse : covert versus overt narrators" 219
11 "The reality effect" 229
12 "From work to text" 235
13 "Indirect discourses and irony" 242
14 "Metaphor, metonymy, and voice in Their eyes were watching God" 257
15 "'Triangular' desire" 294
16 "The turns of the story's frame : a theory of narrative" 315
17 "Freud's masterplot" 329
18 "The storyteller" 361
19 From Studies in European realism 379
20 "The ideology of modernism" 394
21 From The political unconscious 413
22 "Realism and the novel form" 462
23 From "Discourse in the novel" 481
24 "Zora Neale Hurston and the speakerly text" 511
25 "Introduction : the cultural work of American fiction" 535
26 From The novel and the police 541
27 "Women and fiction" 579
28 From Between men 586
29 "Queer performativity : Henry James's The art of the novel" 605
30 "Introduction : the politics of domesticating culture, then and now" 621
31 From Nobody's story 644
32 "Three women's texts and a critique of imperialism" 674
33 "Consolidated vision" 691
34 "DissemiNation : time, narrative, and the margins of the modern nation" 716
35 "The novel, the nation-state" 734
36 "The reader as a component part of the realistic novel" 763
37 "The triumph of the novel" 779
38 "In the absence of audience : of reading and dread in Mary Shelley" 792
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