The Transformation of the English Novel

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In an exciting and important book... The theoretical chapters are a model of elegantly styled accommodation; yet they brook no fudging of the issues, no comfortable ambiguities - Modern Fiction Studies The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930: Studies in Hardy, Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster and Woolf is a provocative exploration of a crucial period in the development of the English novel, integrating critical theory, historical background and sophisticated close reading. Divided into two major ...
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In an exciting and important book... The theoretical chapters are a model of elegantly styled accommodation; yet they brook no fudging of the issues, no comfortable ambiguities - Modern Fiction Studies The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930: Studies in Hardy, Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster and Woolf is a provocative exploration of a crucial period in the development of the English novel, integrating critical theory, historical background and sophisticated close reading. Divided into two major sections, the first shows how historical and contextual material is essential for developing powerful readings. The second section is theoretical and speaks of the transformation in the way that we read and think about authors, readers, characters and form in the light of recent theory, offering an alternative to the deconstructive and Marxist trends in literary studies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312122836
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/15/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
1 'I Was the World in Which I Walked': the Transformation of the British Novel 7
2 The Narrator as Character in Hardy's Major Fiction 29
3 Beginnings and Endings in Hardy's Major Fiction 49
4 Speaking of Paul Morel: Voice, Unity, and Meaning in Sons and Lovers 68
5 Lawrence's Quest in The Rainbow 94
6 The Originality of E. M. Forster 116
7 The Case for Humanistic Formalism 141
8 Modes of Literary Inquiry: a Primer for Humanistic Formalism 177
9 Reading Conrad's Lord Jim: Reading Texts, Reading Lives 222
10 'Tell Us in Plain Words': an Introduction to Reading Joyce's Ulysses 242
11 Reading Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse 258
Selected Bibliography 311
Index 326
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