The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction

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For at least 100 years, novelists have experimented with ways to make fiction "modern", to make it better able to reflect and resist the perils and pleasures of modernity. This book looks at how they have done so, tracing the evolution of the modern novel through the twentieth century, and providing a framework through which readers of all kinds can appreciate the significance of the genre.
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Overview

For at least 100 years, novelists have experimented with ways to make fiction "modern", to make it better able to reflect and resist the perils and pleasures of modernity. This book looks at how they have done so, tracing the evolution of the modern novel through the twentieth century, and providing a framework through which readers of all kinds can appreciate the significance of the genre.
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"What makes the 20th century novel modern? What relations to modernity make fiction experimental and new? Is the postmodern novel a fiction of exhaustion or the replenishment of modernism's purpose? In this detailed and readable book, Jesse Matz offers useful answers to these questions and a guide to novels from Henry james to Zadie Smith." Elaine Showalter

"Jesse Matz’s The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction is an ambitious and impressive study of twentieth-century, English-language novels from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond ... This appealingly written, jargon-free overview of the modern novel will certainly change the way I think about – and teach – the field." Brian W. Shaffer, Rhodes College

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Meet the Author

Jesse Matz is Assistant Professor at Kenyon College. He is the author of Literary Impressionism and Modernist Aesthetics (2001) and winner of Harvard University's Roslyn Abramson prize for excellence in teaching.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Modern How?
1 When and Why: The Rise of the Modern Novel 15
The "New Novel," circa 1914 15
Seven Modern Novelists 22
2 "What is Reality?": The New Questions 32
3 New Forms: Reshaping the Novel 45
4 New Difficulties 61
5 Regarding the Real World: Politics 78
6 Questioning the Modern: Mild-Century Revisions 98
7 Postmodern Replenishments? 127
8 Postcolonial Modernity 146
Conclusion: Four Contemporary Modern Novelists 163
Conclusion: The Future of the Modern Novel 169
Notes 182
Index 190
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