The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes

The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes

by Franco Moretti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691049483

ISBN-13: 9780691049489

Pub. Date: 05/22/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Nearly as global in its ambition and sweep as its subject, Franco Moretti's The Novel is a watershed event in the understanding of the first truly planetary literary form. A translated selection from the epic five-volume Italian Il Romanzo (2001-2003), The Novel's two volumes are a unified multiauthored reference work, containing more than one hundred specially

Overview

Nearly as global in its ambition and sweep as its subject, Franco Moretti's The Novel is a watershed event in the understanding of the first truly planetary literary form. A translated selection from the epic five-volume Italian Il Romanzo (2001-2003), The Novel's two volumes are a unified multiauthored reference work, containing more than one hundred specially commissioned essays by leading contemporary critics from around the world. Providing the first international comparative reassessment of the novel, these essential volumes reveal the form in unprecedented depth and breadth--as a great cultural, social, and human phenomenon that stretches from the ancient Greeks to today, where modernity itself is unimaginable without the genre. By viewing the novel as much more than an aesthetic form, this landmark collection demonstrates how the genre has transformed human emotions and behavior, and the very perception of reality. Historical, statistical, and formal analyses show the novel as a complex literary system, in which new forms proliferate in every period and place. Volume 2: Forms and Themes, views the novel primarily from the inside, examining its many formal arrangements and recurrent thematic manifestations, and looking at the plurality of the genre and its lineages. These books will be essential reading for all students and scholars of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691049489
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2006
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.40(d)

Table of Contents

On The Novel ix

2.1. THE LONG DURATION

The Novel in Search of Itself: A Historical Morphology by THOMAS PAVEL 3

Epic, Novel by MASSIMO FUSILLO 32

The Poetry of Mediocrity by SYLVIE THOREL-CAILLETEAU 64

The Experiments of Time: Providence and Realism by FREDRIC JAMESON 95

Readings: Prototypes

Massimo Fusillo, Aethiopika (Heliodorus, Third or Fourth Century) 131
Abdelfattah Kilito, Maqamat (Hamadhanÿ FD, Late Tenth Century) 138
Francisco Rico, Lazarillo de Tormes ("Lázaro de Tormes," circa 1553) 146
Thomas DiPiero, Le Grand Cyrus (Madeleine de Scudéry, 1649-1653) 152
Perry Anderson, Persian Letters (Montesquieu, 1721) 161
Ian Duncan, Waverley (Walter Scott, 1814) 173
Paolo Tortonese, The Mysteries of Paris (Eugène Sue, 1842-1843) 181
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells, 1898) 189
Ambrosio Fornet, The Kingdom of This World (Alejo Carpentier, 1949) 196

2.2. WRITING PROSE

Forms of the Supernatural in Narrative by FRANCESCO ORLANDO 207

The Prose of the World by MICHAL PELED GINSBURG AND LORRI G. NANDREA 244

Excess and History in Hugo's Ninety-three by UMBERTO ECO 274

Minor Characters by ALEX WOLOCH 295

324Toward a Database of Novelistic Topoi by NATHALIE FERRAND 324

2.3. THEMES, FIGURES

The Fiction of Bourgeois Morality and the Paradox of Individualism by NANCY ARMSTRONG 349

The Death of Lucien de Rubempré by A. S. BYATT 389

A Portrait of the Artist as a Social Climber: Upward Mobility in the Novel by BRUCE ROBBINS 409

A Businessman in Love by FREDRIC JAMESON 436

Readings: Narrating Politics

Benedict Anderson, Max Havelaar (Multatuli, 1860) 449
Luisa Villa, The Tiger of Malaysia (Emilio Salgari, 1883-1884) 463
Edoarda Masi, Ah Q (Lu Hsün, 1921-1922) 469
Thomas Lahusen, Cement (Fedor Gladkov, 1925) 476
Piergiorgio Bellocchio, A Private Matter (Beppe Fenoglio, 1963) 483
Simon Gikandi, Arrow of God (Chinua Achebe, 1964) 489
José Miguel Oviedo, Conversation in the Cathedral (Mario Vargas Llosa, 1969) 497
Klaus R. Scherpe, The Aesthetics of Resistance (Peter Weiss, 1975-1981) 503

Readings: The Sacrifice of the Heroine

April Alliston, Aloisa and Melliora (Love in Excess, Eliza Haywood, 1719-1720) 515
Juliet Mitchell, Natasha and Hélène (War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1863-1869) 534
Sylvie Thorel-Cailleteau, Nana (Nana, Émile Zola, 1880) 541
Valentine Cunningham, Tess (Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, 1891) 548
Peter Madsen, Elsie (The Dangerous Age, Karin Michaëlis, 1910) 559

2.4. S PACE AND STORY

Over-writing as Un-writing: Descriptions, World-Making, and Novelistic Time by MIEKE BAL 571

The Roads of the Novel by HANS ULRICH GUMBRECHT 611

The Chronotopes of the Sea by MARGARET COHEN 647

667Torn Space: James Joyce's Ulysses by PHILIP FISHER 667

Readings: The New Metropolis

Leo Ou-fan Lee, Shanghai (Midnight, Mao Dun, 1932) 687
Ernesto Franco, Buenos Aires (Adán Buenosayres, Leopoldo Marechal, 1948) 693
Ernest Emenyonu, Lagos (People of the City, Cyprian Ekwensi, 1954) 700
Roger Allen, Cairo (The Cairo Trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz, 1956-1957) 706
Ardis L. Nelson, Havana (Three Trapped Tigers, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, 1967) 714
Homi Bhabha, Bombay (Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie, 1981) 721
Sibel Irzik, Istanbul (The Black Book, Orhan Pamuk, 1990) 728

2.5. UNCERTAIN BOUNDARIES

Form and Chance: The German Novella by ANDREAS GAILUS 739

Inconceivable History: Storytelling as Hyperphasia and Disavowal by FRANCIS MULHERN 777

Innovation: Notes on Nihilism and the Aesthetics of the Novel by JOHN BRENKMAN 808

Narrative Literature in the Turing Universe by ESPEN AARSETH 839

Readings: A Century of Experiments

871Andreina Lavagetto, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Rainer Maria Rilke, 1910) 871
Myra Jehlen, The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein, 1925) 880
Ann Banfield, Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925) 888
José Luiz Passos, Macunaíma (Mário de Andrade, 1928) 896
Seamus Deane, Finnegans Wake ( James Joyce, 1939) 906
Declan Kiberd, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett, 1951-1953) 912
Beatriz Sarlo, Hopscotch ( Julio Cortázar, 1963) 919
Ursula K. Heise, Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon, 1973) 926

Contributors 933

Author Index 937

Works Cited Index 944

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