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From Pride and Prejudice to The Color Purple, the English novel has transcended generations as one of the most enduring literary forms. The Realist Novel provides a readable and straightforward guide to analyzing this distinct and popular genre.

Utilizing such well-known works as Frankenstein, Great Expectations, and Fathers and Sons, this book shows how writers utilized this format to reach very different goals. While Jane Austen and Charles Dickens used the realist novel to ...

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The Realist Novel

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Overview

From Pride and Prejudice to The Color Purple, the English novel has transcended generations as one of the most enduring literary forms. The Realist Novel provides a readable and straightforward guide to analyzing this distinct and popular genre.

Utilizing such well-known works as Frankenstein, Great Expectations, and Fathers and Sons, this book shows how writers utilized this format to reach very different goals. While Jane Austen and Charles Dickens used the realist novel to tell profoundly moral tales in a popular way, Mary Shelley used realism to render a story of myth and horror.

The Realist Novel is one of the first books in the Approaching Literature series which is designed to offer a range of different but current appoaches to the study of literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203993064
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 3/7/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
The Genre approach 3
Reading Pride and Prejudice 31
Reading Frankenstein 61
The novel and society 97
Reading Great Expectations 135
Reading Fathers and Sons 167
Can realist novels survive? 191
Realism and romance 207
Realism and the novel form 214
Jane Austen and the war of ideas 224
The English novel 233
The realistic imagination 240
On Great Expectations 246
Culture and imperialism 253
The reality effect 258
Towards a methodology for the study of the novel 262
Bibliography 269
Acknowledgements 272
Index 273
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