The Language of Fiction: Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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'Perhaps because he is a good novelist himself, Mr Lodge's subjection of various writers to detailed linguistic analysis is illuminating and exciting.' - Daily Telegraph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415290036
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lodge (1935-). Novelist and critic, whose many publications include Small World and Nice Work, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
Modern Criticism and Literary Language 7
Poetry and Prose 8
F. W. Bateson: Ideas and Logic 13
Christopher Caudwell: The Current of Mock Reality 16
The Argument from Translation 19
Proust and Scott Moncrieff Compared 22
Translation: Poetry and Prose 25
The Argument from Bad Writing 28
The Modern Movement in Fiction: A Digression 30
Summary of Arguments 32
J. M. Cameron: These Words in this Order 35
Language and Fictional Illusion 41
F. W. Bateson and B. Shakevitch: Particularity 45
Conclusions to Section 1 49
Concepts of Style 52
Stylistics 55
Style and Modern Linguistics 60
M. Riffaterre: Scientific Stylistics 61
J. Warburg: Appropriate Choice 64
F. R. Leavis and the Moral Dimension of Fiction 69
Conclusions: Principles 74
Conclusions: Methods 83
Repetition 87
The Vocabulary of 'Mansfield Park' 98
Fire and Eye: Charlotte Bronte's War of Earthly Elements 120
The Rhetoric of 'Hard Times' 153
Tess, Nature, and the Voices of Hardy 174
Strether by the River 200
'Tono-Bungay' and the Condition of England 227
The Modern, The Contemporary, and the Importance of being Amis 259
Afterword to the Second Edition (1984) 286
References 301
Index 315
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