The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the 'literary' novel, and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution, and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements, traditions, and tendencies.

The 36 expert contributors to Volume 4 trace the dramatic changes in British and Irish fiction from the cumbersome 3-volume novels of the 1880s to the 'paperback revolution' in the late 1930s. It looks at the intense debates over the nature and purpose of the novel in the period, the development of new popular sub-genres, and the stratification of the readership of fiction. In a period characterized by huge political and economic upheavals and wholesale revisions of personal morality and sexual and linguistic taboos, the volume traces both the process of modernist experimentation and the work of novelists who registered the social and cultural impact of modernity. The topics covered include national (Irish, Scottish, and Welsh), regional, and women's fiction; the influence of the European novel, of the cinema, and the growth of the modern city; the impact of the Empire, class-consciousness, and the First World War; and such specialized forms as the children's novel, detective stories, and thriller, science fiction and fantasy, and the short story.

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"Highly useful background reading on the novel as produced in th eBritish Isles between 1880 and 1940...This is a book all university libraries should have reference and enjoyable instruction." —English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Contributors
General Editor's Preface
Editorial Note
Part I: The Fiction Industry 1880-1940
1. The Production of the Novel, 1880-1940, Andrew Nash
2. Novelists, Literary Property, and Copyright, Catherine Seville
3. Libraries, Reading Patterns, and Censorship, Nicola Wilson
Part II: The Novel 1880-1914
4. Fiction as an Art: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford, Max Saunders
5. From Balzac to Proust: English Novelists and Foreign Novels, David Gervais
6. Realism and the Fiction of Modern Life: From Meredith to Forster, Simon J. James
7. Metropolitan Fiction: Slums, Suburbs, and Tales of Mean Streets, Patrick Parrinder
8. Provincial Fiction and the Decline of 'Puritan England', William Greenslade
9. New Women and the New Fiction, Angelique Richardson
10. Masters of Male Romance, David Glover
11. Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Fiction in the Late Nineteenth Century, David Goldie
12. Bestselling Fiction Before and After the First World War, Clive Bloom
Part III: Sub-generic and Specialized Fictional Forms
13. Political Novels and Utopian Romances, Chris Baldick
14. The English Detective Story, Christopher Pittard
15. Adventure Novels and Thrillers, Nicholas Daly
16. Science Fiction and Fantasy, Roger Luckhurst
17. Gothic and Supernatural Fiction, David Punter
18. The Children's Novel, Norma Clarke
19. Short Stories and Short Fiction, Clare Hanson
Part IV: The Novel 1914-1940
20. James Joyce, John McCourt
21. Virginia Woolf and Consciousness, Bonnie Kime Scott
22. D. H. Lawrence and Metaphysical Fiction, Fiona Becket
23. Modernism and the Fiction of the City, Peter Brooker
24. Cinema and the Novel, David Trotter and Andrew Shail
25. The Novel and the Empire, John Marx
26. The Novel and the First World War, Vincent Sherry
27. Women's Novels Between the Wars, Elizabeth Maslen
28. Aristocratic Comedy and Intellectual Satire, Len Platt
Part V: National and Regional Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century
29. The Irish Novel 1914-1940, Maud Ellmann
30. The Scottish Novel, Cairns Craig
31. Welsh Fiction, Jane Aaron
32. English Regional Fiction and National Culture, Steven Matthews
33. Working-class Fiction, Christopher Hilliard
Part VI: The Critical Understanding of Fiction
34. Impressionism, Naturalism, and Aestheticism: Novel Theory, 1880-1914, Jesse Matz
35. Popular Fiction and the Critique of Mass Culture, John Baxendale
36. Inside and Outside the Whale, Andrzej Gasiorek
Composite Bibliography

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